Russian Military Advisers Enter the Fray in Syria
The overwhelming 64% “YES” vote on the referendum to approve the draft constitution has divided Egypt has thrilled the supporters of Egypt’s president Mohamed Morsi, and frightened his opponents. The new constitution, which was drafted by the Muslim Brotherhood and conservative Salafists, incorporates Islamic Sharia law, which opponents claim deprives most citizens, especially women, of the hard-won rights that they fought for in last year’s Egyptian revolution, violating many promises by Morsi. It now turns out that the Muslim Brotherhood was training over 7,000 activists to get out the vote on the referendum, whiles opposition leaders squabbled among themselves. Opposition leaders are hoping to overturn referendum results, pointing out that only 33% of eligible voters even bothered to vote, but it’s hard to see how they can overcome the 64% majority of those who did vote.