Two constitutions, two directions

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February 20, 2014 09:49

While Tunisia is taking steps toward the vision of a democratic system, Egypt’s Sisi is reasserting the primacy of the military.

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Supporters of Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in Tahrir square in Cairo

Supporters of Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in Tahrir square in Cairo, on the third anniversary of Egypt’s uprising, January 25. (photo credit: REUTERS)

In January, Egypt and Tunisia marked the third anniversary of their respective revolutions against long-serving autocratic rulers by adopting new constitutions and scheduling presidential and parliamentary elections for later in the year.

More than 92 percent of the deputies to Tunisia’s National Constituent Assembly voted in favor of the text, while 98.1 percent of 20 million Egyptian voters approved their new constitution in a referendum.

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