London- Ibrahim El-Shawarby
The Egyptian community gathered in London to cast their votes in the constitutional amendments in a phenomenal display of nationalism, especially as they came on a Friday morning, which is considered an official working day in the state,
The community gathered to urge citizens to participate positively in the constitutional amendments to send a message to the world that the masses of the Egyptian people, both at home and abroad, are behind their political leadership and to clarify the new constitutional articles and the purpose of the amendments.
All the voters agreed that the participation in the referendum is a national duty to affirm the demands of the glorious June 30 revolution and that these amendments will prevent the return of terrorist groups to the political scene once again and it is an urgent necessity to complete the development and reform process initiated by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at all levels.
They stressed that these amendments aim at consolidating the pillars of the state to continue the number of achievements and plans and projects of development during the next phase and that it is the way to achieve stability in the homeland.
Ahmed Abdelhady, a prominent member of the Egyptian community in London, said he supported amendments of the current constitution because the articles to be amended were placed in conditions and times different from the existing situation, which requires at this stage to continue development, Maintain stability and face domestic and external challenges.
He added that one of the most important articles is article 244, which states that the state works to represent young people, Christians and disabled people in the House of Representatives. He said that after reviewing the amended articles of the constitution, it shows that it works to balance between experience, youth and women and attention to special needs.
As for the growing representation of women, Mrs. Amy Ali Hassan, a social worker in London, said that the new constitution will help highlight the role of women in Egyptian society. She stressed that the role of women is very important because it has been in existence since the 1919 revolution.
She clarified that the president is very faithful to the importance of women in society, as eight ministers have been selected in the current government in a precedent that has never happened before.
Mrs Magda, on her part clarified that women currently occupy 25% of the ministry cabinet and the new constitutional amendments will help shed the light on how efficiently women can drive the nation forward.
Mr. Jan Aziz, head of the Human Rights Branch in England and Europe, said that participating in voting on the proposed referendums is a national duty regardless of the point of view. He stressed that he works with Egyptians residing abroad to establish an official association under the auspices of their Ministry of Immigration to coordinate effectively with each other in the future.
On her side, Didi Eid, Director of Egyptian House in London and Europe stated that the amendment which states that the military is for the people and must intervene to protect democracy and the principles of the 30th of June revolution is a must, in addition to supporting the president’s decision to assign a deputy in order to focus on foreign affairs.