Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi
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Morsi signs constitution: 'New dawn'
Against the backdrop of resistance by liberals fearing Islamization, Egyptian president praises citizens for constitution 'chosen willingly by the people'
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi delivered a special speech Wednesday regarding his country's newly approved constitution, which brings Egypt one step closer to becoming governed by Islamic law.


"Egypt has a new and free constitution; it was not given as a present from anyone, nor was it dictated by colonialists. This is a constitution chosen willingly by the Egyptian people," said the Egyptian president.


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Morsi, affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, stressed in his speech that some people did not comprehend the difference between expressing an opinion peacefully – as was promoted by the Egyptian revolution – and forcing an opinion violently, so as to destabilize state institutions and instill fear in the hearts of citizens.

"מגוון דעות הוא מבורך". מורסי חותם על החוקה החדשה (צילום: AP)

Morsi signs the new constitution (Photo: AP) 


He added that "No matter how much hardship we've endured so far, I see this next step as the birth of a new dawn."


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Morsi praised the Egyptian people, the central elections committee, the police and the army for the new constitution, noting that "a variety of opinions is a blessing, but we must refrain from violence."


The president asserted that Egypt was becoming a democratic and independent nation that will follow the will of the people, adding that he is working to "serve the people" and is "not a dictator."


Earlier Wednesday Morsi signed the new constitution into law, following a referendum in the country.


Egypt's Central Elections Committee announced Tuesday that 63.8% voted in favor of the constitution in the referendum and 36.2% voted against it. Turnout, however, was at a mere 32%.


Egypt's liberals expressed fear that the new constitution might lead Egypt towards becoming a radical Islamist nation that will undermine civil rights.



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