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Democracy buried

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By all appearances, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood political alliance are in firm control of the country after the second phase of voting on a referendum for the new constitution. 

Unfortunately, the means by which Mr Morsi has cemented his hold on power surely has the majority of those who risked life and limb in Cairo's Tahrir Square to take out the old repressive regime of Hosni Mubarak shaking their heads in despair.

Though elected in a free and fair poll in June this year promising the Egyptian people a new day of democracy, Mr Morsi's methods thus far have closely resembled those of the old regime. In late November, Mr Morsi issued a decree granting himself extraordinary powers that he said were necessary to dismantle Mubarak's corrupt system and speed up the transition to democracy.

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