At the beginning of the process, the media hailed the incredibly moderate Constituent Assembly that would include Christians and women. Now all the non-Islamists, not to mention the Christians, have gone, exposing the Islamists for what they are, a supremacist theocratic movement with no wider support.
The withdrawal comes as a reaction to the constitutional declaration issued by President Mohamed Morsy on Thursday, making his decrees above judicial review.
Among those who withdrew are Wafd party leaders Mohamed Kamel and Abdel Aleem Dawoud and Ghad Al-Thawra party. These parties had previously refused to follow other non-Islamists in quitting the assembly.
“The constitutional declaration confirms that there is no such thing as a state for us to draft a constitution for,” Kamel said.
The remaining Constitution Assembly members represent only four parties, three of which are Islamist-oriented: the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), Al-Nour Salafi party, the moderate Islamist Al-Wasat party, and the Civilization party.
So now the facade of a democratic structure is done. Morsi has adopted totalitarian powers and the non-Islamists have rejected the legitimacy of the transitional system for a new democratic Egypt. The Islamists will push forward, so the question is whether the West will accept the farce. The non-Islamist parties have rejected the new state. Will Obama accept it?