Egyptians, subjected to turmoil since the removal of Islamic President Mohammad Morsi, are now taking a vote for change. Today they began a two-day process in which they will vote for a new constitution that will hopefully help the Egyptians to start a new plan for government and for the lives of freedom that they desire.
For longer than the last three years the people of Egypt have seen harsh times and lost many lives. From car bombings and terrorist attacks to protests, sit-ins, and shootings there has been no rest for those who live in Egypt. In 2011 when Hosni Mubarak stepped down after 30 years of rule, Egyptians who believed that hope for the future was upon them found themselves to be mistaken as Morsi took the presidency and set a decree that gave himself more power. After years of protest against those who lead Egypt, the Egyptians might finally see change.
It, of course, has not been easy. Though the voting areas were surrounded by much security, a small bomb was set off near the beginning of the voting. No one was killed but the explosion alarmed many voters and riot police. Bomb or no bomb, many are still turning up to vote on the new constitution, knowing the risks, but also knowing that their vote is an important one in determining the way that Egypt will be run in the future.
While the town has stepped up their security surrounding the court house by which the bomb went off, voters and officers are still on alert to maintain a smooth voting process.
The new version of the constitution being voted on was recently written by a committee of mostly non-Islamic Egyptians, making this constitution the third that has been created for residents of Egypt. Defacto leader General Abdel Fattah el Sissi, who removed ex-President Mohamed Morsi is pushing a yes as Egyptians take the vote, and he is reassuring the citizens that this new constitution will bring about just what the Egyptians need.
Other leading officials are in disagreement with the new constitution, arguing that it will not bring about enough change for the country and that it is extremely flawed.
Many voters are showing great support for the new constitution and also for General el Sissi who may in the future be the leading military man turned President who will run the country. Though el Sissi will definitely have some competition as other officials have announced their hopes to run for President if the vote is passed.
While change for the Egyptians is inevitable it is not coming without controversy. The Brotherhood, a branded terrorist group, who backed Morsi and who had caused much of the turmoil and deaths that Egypt has faced over the last three years, are pushing citizens to boycott the vote. While they are currently not causing disruption many fear that the voting polls will not go without problems from the Brotherhood.
In the divided nation Egyptians have two days, today and tomorrow, to take a vote on the new constitution. After that, votes will be tallied and Egypt may become a nation under new rule.
By Crystal Boulware
The Washington Post A1