|Tens of thousands of Egyptians are gathering again at Tahrir Square.|
|Sukuna Park: all too quiet|
Like Fiji, Egypt is drafting a new Constitution. And like Fiji, it's not going well.
Egypt had until recently been working towards democracy, albeit slowly, after last year toppling longtime dictator, Hosni Mubarak.
It's new president, Mohammed Mursi, last week introduced a new decree, though, that gave him sweeping powers to ban all challenges to his decisions.
Mursi, the Islamist leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, says the move will bring progress to the country because it will allow the Constituent Assembly, which is drawing up a new Constitution, to work unhampered.
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The Constitution was supposed to have been rewritten by next month but has been dogged by dozens of lawsuits questioning the make-up of the Constituent Assembly.
Last month it suffered a major drawback when the Supreme Constitutional Court rejected a first draft saying it limits the powers of the courts and interferes in judicial affairs.
In April the first Constituent Assembly was suspended, amid accusations it was dominated by Islamists.
A new panel was agreed to in June but liberals continued to complain about the distribution of seats, lodging 43 legal challenges to the Assembly's constitutional legitimacy.
Fiji's Constitution process has not had the chance to be challenged so thoroughly but there has been similar concern about its legitimacy with many still supporting the 1997 document.
And like Egypt there has also been questions about who will be on the Constituent Assembly and how much power it will wield.
As with Fiji's illegal leader, Frank Bainimarama who will have total say over who sits on the Assembly, Mursi claims the decree that gives him such encompassing powers still allows dialogue and does not impinge on the work of the judiciary.
And in an all too familiar rhetoric, he says it's also aimed at 'cleansing state institutions' and 'destroying the infrastructure of the old regime.'
The work of the Yash Ghai Constitution wrapped up several weeks ago and the country now waits for its draft Constitution before a Constituent Assembly takes over.
The Fiji Assembly will have the power to challenge, change and even reject the draft Constitution.
But it's power is even more assiduous now that the regime has decreed citizens will not be able to see the draft and give feedback (thanks to Bainimarama getting in a snit over the appointment of Joni Madraiwiwi as a consultant) before it goes to the Assembly.
In Egypt, which has a population of more than 82,500 million, there has been widespread rejection of Mursi's intention with the judiciary saying it's a 'power grab' and the Opposition accusing him of acting like a 'new Pharaoh', despite Mursi saying his new powers are temporary.
Tens of thousands of Egyptians, young and old, have this week returned to Tahrir Square saying they only just got rid of one dictator and do not want another one.
It was the rallies at Tahrir Square last year that led to despot Hosni Mubarak being toppled in October.
In Fiji, Sukuna Park, singled out for several unsuccessful democracy rallies, remains quiet.