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Egyptians go to the polls

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Today’s question was read on 15 December, when there were important goings-on in Egypt. I asked you what was happening in the land of the Pharaohs on 15 December.

And the answer is: On that day, Egyptians went to the polls to vote in a referendum on the draft charter of a new constitution. There were, in fact, two rounds of votes – on 15 December and again on 22 December. With voter turnout at about 32.86 percent, 63.83 percent of the votes were “yes” votes, and the draft passed.

The new constitution limits the presidency to two four-year terms – if you recall, Hosni Mubarak ruled for 30 years – and it requires a stronger parliament. It also contains provisions against torture or detention without trial. According to opponents, the constitution’s principal defect is that it protects the Egyptian military from legal and parliamentary oversight.

Not much changed as far as the legal system goes: the new charter preserved an article from the old constitution declaring that the principles of Islamic law are a main source of legislation, but there was a new article, which broadly defined those principles as the established schools of Sunni Muslim scholarship. Independent scholars have said that whether the new provisions make a difference will depend on who controls their application.

The winners this week are: Tanimu Yahaya Kaoje, from Kebbi State, Nigeria; Mrs. Reema Goyal from the SW Listeners League in Punjab, India; Mrs. P. Apparna from the DW Listener’s Club in Hyderabad India; Mr. Abdul Sattar Ansari from Karachi, Pakistan, and Rafey Mehmood from Lahore, Pakistan.

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This week’s question is about a very important Hindu festival which started this week in India. It’s 55 days long, and it only happens every 144 years! And always in the same town: Allahabad.

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