"The referendum is being staged in a climate that makes a fair ballot impossible. Activists who have tried to peacefully campaign for a no vote have been arrested and prosecuted on charges of trying to change the constitution's 'principles.' Public demonstrations are banned, and police have killed 27 people and arrested 703 who tried to protest on the past three Fridays, according to Human Rights Watch," writes the Washington Post in an editorial.
"Most of those who'll vote in favor are not only backing the constitution but also the toppling of a person they view as the worst president in their country's long history. This is their chance to show their gratitude to the chief of the Armed Forces and Minister of Defense, Gen. Abdel-Fatah El-Sissi, who, they believe, took a courageous decision to rescue Egypt from a downward spiral that could have resulted in civil war," writes Linda Heard in the Saudi daily Arab News.
"The 2013 constitution fails on both benchmarks. It is far below aspirations for a new contract for a new Egypt. It does not pave the road for a new future that reflects the new reality. On the contrary, it is an attempt to repackage the old reality. Its place in history will not differ substantially from its predecessors," writes Samer Atallah for al-Jazeera.
Rahul Gandhi suggested in an interview that he would be ready to serve as prime minister if his Congress party wins elections in May. This is the first time that Gandhi, whose father, grandmother, and great-grandfather were all prime ministers, has indicated his interest in the position (Hindu).