Within hours of Egypt’s new constitution being supported by more than 98 percent of voters, analysts have claimed that the apparent consensus is misleading.
The country’s interim President Adly Mansour may have seen it as a mandate for the military- backed government’s political road map in his Sunday night address to the nation, but others say it was due to a weariness with the political turmoil.
The vote’s validity has also been questioned in view of recent restrictions on protests and the stifling of any ‘no’ campaign.
Human Rights groups say there were numerous reasons for the ‘yes’ vote including the lack of any other option.
“The majority of the people voted ‘yes’ because many are tired and some believe the constitution will improve living standards; and some even voted due to their rejection and fear of the Muslim Brotherhood,” said the Director of the Arab Network for Human Rights, Gamal Eid.
With only 38.6 percent of eligible voters taking part in the referendum, the turnout was less than the government had hoped. And among those who stayed away were many of Egypt’s young.