With the Egyptian opposition planning a big march on Tuesday to protest at the constitutional referendum, euronews’ Mohammed Shaikhibrahim spoke to former presidential candidate and opposition leader Amr Moussa.
“Why doesn’t the opposition give the President a chance to make his policies work?”
“We are ready for this; it’s one of his rights to have a chance as the elected president but we don’t see anything in his program.
We didn’t write this new constitution. We are just citizens gathered in parties, but the president has the authority, the decisions are his. We didn’t challenge his authority. We only oppose some policies which appeared in the constitutional referendum. We don’t want to tie him down. On the contrary the opposition is ready to provide assistance. I am one of his opponents and I’m ready to offer help to ensure the democratic project succeeds, whether the president is from the Muslim Brotherhood or not.”
“You were personally opposed to the constitutional referendum, but a lot of opposition party members voted, didn’t they?”
“I am one of those who rejected this constitutional referendum. There were two positions we could take. Boycott the poll, or take part and vote ‘no’. The majority of the opposition decided to take part and vote ‘no’, and so did I. Both participation and opposition are vital if we want to build the democracy we need in Egypt to move forward. We wanted to change things by participating. But if the opposition is again put in this position, or the government announces measures that most people see as damaging for Egypt, like this draft constitution, then our reaction will be tougher. I hope everyone understands this lesson beacuse Egypt won’t be able to take it.”