a section added to the 2011 revolution section under background info
The various revolutions that made up the Arab Spring in 2010 toppled old regimes and gave rise to new powers in the Middle East. For Egypt, this meant the overthrow of the corrupt Hosni Mubarak and a new popularly elected president, Mohamed Morsi. At first, it seemed a joyous occasion for this former Muslim Brotherhood member and his followers. However, that joy is now coming to a staggering halt with increased protests as the new constitution seems to be less than satisfying for Egyptian citizens. Some have deemed it a betrayal of the protest’s original goals of a more pure democracy. It looks to restrict certain freedoms, including the rights of minorities, for the grander goal of protecting Islam. Most importantly, the current constitution fails to uphold the preeminence of international law over national law, raising concerns about the new government’s commitment to global peace.