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“Egyptian” Constitution Stirs Sarcasm

Published: 16/12/2013 04:47:53 PM GMT
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CAIRO – In a country marked by turmoil and split, Egyptian constitution amendment committee has hanged a huge banner reading All Egyptians Constitution in the background during Sunday's international press conference with stock images of mostly westerners. “This poster for Egypt's constitution is like I imagine BNP posters would be if ...(more)

CAIRO – In a country marked by turmoil and split, Egyptian constitution amendment committee has hanged a huge banner reading "All Egyptians Constitution" in the background during Sunday's international press conference with stock images of mostly westerners.

“This poster for Egypt's constitution is like I imagine BNP posters would be if they could,” Patrick Galey, identified on Twitter as ‘Widely published journalist and blogger based between Beirut and Cairo’, wrote on Twitter.

“#Egypt's new constitution ads need work. Say "Everyone's constitution" but should add "as long as they're fascists," he added.

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Introducing the newly amended constitution on Sunday, December 15, the army formed committee urged all Egyptians to vote yes in the referendum set on January 14-15.

Egyptian Interim President Adly Mansour called for a Yes vote for the referendum slated for Jan. 14-15. "I call on citizens to vote "Yes" to move forward the country's transition to democracy."

Citizens without political or religious affiliations are the decisive force for the referendum, said Gamal Salama, a professor of political science at Suez University.

Yet, many social media users responded to the banner with sarcasm.

In a country where the majority of women don hijab, the banner did not include any veiled women.  The four men featured too had neither a beard nor a moustache.

Along with a misspelling of the Arabic word Egyptians, using ‘all insisting’ instead, the most surprising thing was that three of the five people represented did not appear to be Egyptian at all.

The veil-less western woman in a suit turned out to be a stock picture licensed for free use by the Getty picture agency, most recently appearing on an Irish businesswomen’s networking site.

The doctor with the stethoscope round his neck had been used to illustrate an article on “How to remove stretch marks”.

The man in the tie has featured in a number of American advertisements related to Down Syndrome.

“A Constitution for all iStock photos,” a Twitter user, Bel Trew, wrote.

“Instead of photoshopped foreigners, the most appropriate imagery for #Egypt's new constitution is this,” journalist Patrick Galey wrote, adding a photo of bulldozer removing dead bodies in Rabia Al-Adaweya square on August 14.

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