Why Egypt’s new constitution may not turn out as badly as you think

On Jan. 14 and 15, Egyptians voted on a heavily revised version of the December 2012 charter authored by President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood — an illiberal document that alienated the military and secular groups and helped precipitate a coup against Morsi last July. The constitution is expected to pass with resounding support.


Yet the new charter heavily favors the military and undercuts Islamists. Religious parties such as the Muslim Brotherhood are banned from political participation. The military retains the right to try civilians in military courts. And the armed forces have a veto over the choice of defense minister for two presidential terms.