World Bulletin/News Desk
A dispute on identity articles in Egypt's charter has not been resolved yet, a Salafist member of the constitution-amending panel has said.
Salah Abdel-Maaboud, a representative of the Salafist Nour Party, said that a meeting was held on Friday between panel members and Nour party representatives to discuss identity articles in the proposed constitution.
"But we have not reached an agreement on the identity articles, particularly article 129 (which interprets article 2 that puts stress on the Islamic identity of the Egyptian state)," he said in a statement.
Article 2 of the suspended 2012 constitution states that "Islam is the religion of the state, Arabic is the official language and the principles of Sharia are the main source of legislation."
Article 219 describes the "principles of Sharia" as "all proofs, jurisprudential bases and sources agreed upon by Sunni schools."
Abdel-Maqsoud said more meetings will be held in the future with the aim of reaching agreement on the articles.
Amending the constitution, which was suspended by Egypt's military following the July 3 ouster of elected President Mohamed Morsi, is an important component of the army-imposed roadmap for transition.
The roadmap also includes holding parliamentary and presidential elections.Last Mod: 26 Ekim 2013, 12:04