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“Mursi’s Constitution ignores all the rights we fought for”


It’s now two years since Gigi Ibrahim and many other young Egyptians took Tahrir Square to fight for liberties, and this blogger thinks that President Mursi has betrayed the spirit of that revolution. “The protests started 100 days into his government, when the people saw he wasn’t keeping any of the many promises he’d made.” Gigi Ibrahim thinks that Mursi is facing a hard task, because he has to satisfy two opposing groups, the followers of the Muslim Brotherhood who want an Islamic state and the business community that wants liberal economic reforms, which means that he is “slowly digging his own grave”. This young activist is very critical with the process of writing the constitution, which she calls “a farce”, as “when the final draft was approved, most of the politicians from other parties had left the constituent assembly”. “The people in the street are very angry because the Constitution ignores the rights we fought for: there’s nothing about human rights, social equality or wages, it ignores women…” Gigi Ibrahim believes that the situation of ordinary people is just as precarious as it was before: “we have the same really high prices and low salaries, there’s rubbish everywhere and the traffic is just as bad.” Despite the current impasse and constant confrontations, Ibrahim is optimistic, because she believes that “although the country is on the brink of civil war” due to these constant clashes, the people who were involved in the uprising have no intention of surrendering. “We’ve reached a point of no return; we’ve come too far in our defence of liberties to let these people continue in power.”


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Gigi Ibrahim >

Egyptian blogger
Gigi Ibrahim is an Egyptian journalist, blogger and activist, and studied at the American University in Cairo. She is quoted as an example of the “people’s journalism” that covered the revolutions and was featured on the front cover of Time magazine as “one of the leaders” of the revolution in Tahrir Square. She has collaborated with media such as the BBC and Al Jazeera.