Phares: Egypt on Verge of Becoming a Totalitarian Islamist State
Middle East expert Walid Phares says this weekends vote on a new Egyptian constitution is part of a broader strategy by President Mohammed Morsi to transform the country into a totalitarian Islamist state like Iran.
They forced the referendum on Egyptians without judges, monitors, and under the pressure of their street militias, explained Phares, an advisor to the anti-Terrorism Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives, said in an exclusive interview with Newsmax.
That's what the forces of civil society are seeing today. Egypt is divided between the Islamists and the rest of the country.
Following the first round of a two-stage referendum, Egyptians narrowly voted in favor of a constitution shaped by Islamists but opposed by other groups who fear it will divide the Arab world's biggest nation, according to officials in rival camps speaking to the Associated Press.
As of late Sunday afternoon, Phares said that the results showed an approval margin of nearly 60 percent for the referendum, which he said may be even higher when all the votes are counted.
Posted by: tipper 2012-12-17