"When Egyptians are finally done on January 10th, 2012, with the complex, stage-by-stage parliamentary vote that got underway Monday, the next battle will be the country’s constitution.
The new parliament will be tasked with choosing a 100-member constituent assembly whose job will be to draft a new constitution that will essentially be a framework for how powers will be distributed. Egyptians are wary of the strong president/ weak parliament model that ensured Hosni Mubarak’s decades-long rule; it will outline the rights of citizens and the protection of minorities; it will decide on the role of Islam in public life, legislation and the economy; and finally, the constitution will have to address the place of the military in the nation’s affairs.
Each issue will mobilize key communities in Egyptian society: the young, internet-savvy activists of Tahrir Square; the Christian minority; the various hues of Islamists; and the military establishment. And there will be flash-points." (Affan Chowdhry/The Globe and Mail)