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Well -- clashes erupting today and Egypt between.
President -- supporters and opposition protesters a referendum on the nearly dropped the constitution.
Less than two weeks away for more I'm joined by -- -- Sharkey sees a research fellow at the Hoover institution in the form up by the way.
National Security Council official under President Bush very aware of what's going on in Egypt.
-- thanks for joining us look on the one hand you have the president mostly of the Muslim Brotherhood -- have all the conservatives and then on the other side to have the liberal party's youth groups and large sectors of the public not happy with what's been going on.
Who ultimately wins.
I think it's not yet clear there.
Liberals and society and civic society organizations media organizations.
Are really worried about president -- -- sweeping November 22 to -- In which he essentially puts himself beyond the reach -- the judiciary and beyond any check and balance.
That's more what the protests are about -- -- the constitution itself.
What's the biggest danger.
-- that this just dissolves into full blown civil unrest.
Well I think and even bigger danger than the civil unrest that we're seeing.
Is the creeping Islam as -- nation and the Egyptian society which people are quite worried about at this point.
They worry that president more -- setting only two weeks for the campaign for ratification for the constitution.
Will actually prevent.
Voters being informed on what's.
This expansion of powers the president more -- as you say just kind of just voted himself.
In -- this up position that is there anything that can be done about this Armenia is he likely to back down at any point.
Well what the freedom and justice party the Muslim brother his political wing claims.
Is that the U last year and a half a tunnel in -- at.
Have and bad for society and bad for the economy and they need to get through this transition phase get the constitution approved and get the -- back to business.
That there are a lot of the egyptians they're so little social trust there right now and institutions are weak and there are function -- -- play.
That people are really fearful.
And this puts the US senate bid a very difficult situation.
There's a lot of money that comes the United States to help the Egyptian military.
The US ultimately supported the the EU revolt for more democracy but here we are again what what.
Does the US do in the situation I'm -- just wait and see what happens but it's going to be a concern.
Absolutely it that is a concern and that should be a concern.
Part of the reason to be hopeful for Egypt to make the transition to democracy successfully.
Is that it does have a vibrant civil society.
And their choices that president Morrissey has made in the last several months are making people very nervous that he's not gonna respect the -- -- that.
Government power in fact he in November 22 officially get himself more power than Hosni Mubarak ever had and that's what people are concerned about.
Yeah certainly not what they were fighting for.
In February of last year Korea shocking with the Cooper Institute thank you so much for joining us we appreciate it.
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