Egypt’s state television reports that Vice President Mahmoud Mekki has resigned without explanation, a move that is considered a new blow to President Mohamed Morsi.
“I saw that today was an appropriate time to announce my resignation as vice president of the republic because political work does not suit my professional character as a judge,” Mekki said in a statement Saturday.
Mekki was named as vice president in August. He started his career in the police force, graduating from the police academy and serving as a Central Security Forces officer. He later earned a bachelor’s degree in law and eventually headed Egypt’s Court of Cessation. He was fighting for judicial reforms against former president Hosni Mubarak’s regime as part of the Egyptian pro-democracy movement, which reached its peak in 2005 and 2006. Mekki, alongside his colleagues, also opposed the rigging of the 2005 parliamentary elections, which were widely held to be fraudulent.
Meanwhile, Egypt’s state television also reported that the governor of Egypt's central bank, Farouk El-Okadah, has resigned from his post, along with his deputy Hisham Ramez. El-Okadah and Ramez helped steer the central bank during last year's uprising that ousted Mubarak, and worked to keep the Egyptian currency relatively stable despite the political crisis.
No official statement has been issued by the Egyptian government on these resignations, which are, no doubt, indicating defects in the system of government and the presidency.
Also Saturday, Egyptians voted in the final round of a referendum on the Islamist-backed constitution. Polling stations were open in the remaining in 17 of Egypt’s 27 provinces that did not vote in the first round of the referendum a week ago. Around 250,000 police and soldiers were deployed to provide security at polling stations.
The first round of the referendum gave Morsi a majority of 56.5 percent of participants voting to approve the Islamic constitution. The final round is expected to yield another majority of “yes” votes, as it covers regions seen as more conservative and supportive of Morsi.
The leading secular opposition figure, former presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabah, said Saturday that Egypt’s opposition will accept any results of the constitutional referendum. The draft constitution was written by an Islamist-dominated assembly, and is said to disregard the rights of women, religious and ethnic minorities, particularly Christians, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt’s population.
If you were the manager of a company and there were this many resignations, certainly you would be the problem, not the employees. In other words, all who resigned from Morsi’s regime thought that he would be different from Mubarak, but everyone was surprised that they are two sides of the same coin. Perhaps Morsi’s dictatorial ways appeared earlier than Mubarak’s.
What’s next? This is the question Egyptians ask as they see their country collapsing due to the dictatorship practiced by the Muslim Brotherhood, from the moment of their success in the elections to the imposing of the constitution, which led to protests against its legitimacy and the legitimacy of Morsi’s decision. In these protests eight Egyptians were killed and more than a thousand injured.
I think the situation is getting clear not only to the Egyptian people but to the whole world. Those who resigned and those who are planning to resign in the future have a single goal—to preserve their reputation and remain national and loyal people to their country. They do not want to be tools in the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood, who could succeed in leading a religious and social association. But for them to succeed on their own in leading Egypt, this will not happen as they do not believe in democracy and do not respect their opponents’ opinions.
We are all awaiting the official results of the referendum, which is expected to be at least 51 percent. This is the expected percentage to be gained by the Muslim Brotherhood for the Egyptian people to enter the era of Muslim Brotherhood authority. We do not know how many lives the Egyptians will lose to return to how they were before January 2010.