Egypt: draft constitution, political soap opera

Summary: in our posting of 28 November we referred to US concern over a new “protest law” which hampers the move towards democracy; on 30 November the US defence secretary Chuck Hagel telephoned the Egyptian defence Minister and military leader Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi and said that the Egyptian government’s approach to free speech would be seen as a test of its commitments to democratic transition.

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