Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Egypt Constitution Faces Islamic Colouring

By Adam Morrow and Khaled Moussa al-Omrani

"CAIRO, Apr 4, 2012 (IPS) - The large proportion of Islamist-leaning members in Egypt’s Constituent Assembly elected last month has led to accusations that Islamist parties - especially the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) - are effectively monopolising the constitution-drafting process.

"If the Islamists carry through with plans to draw up a new constitution under the current Islamist- dominated Constituent Assembly, they may end up facing a new revolution," Magdi Sherif, head of the centrist Guardians of the Revolution Party, tells IPS....

Recent days have seen several demonstrations in Cairo organised by non-Islamist parties and movements - including one outside Egypt's parliament building - to protest the assembly's large proportion of Islamist members. Some activists are now calling for a million-man demonstration in Cairo's Tahrir Square next week to demand the assembly's reformulation....."

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