Egypt constitution panel ends differences before vote

The members agreed to explain the principles of Islamic Sharia in the charter's preamble, rather than of having an article clarifying the principles.

Egypt constitution panel ends differences before vote

World Bulletin / News Desk

The 50-member committee assigned with amending Egypt's suspended constitution has reached a common ground on all controversial issues on Thursday, two days ahead of a planned final vote on the draft charter.

In a closed-door session on Thursday, the committee reached an agreement on five articles that have been bones of contention for the panel in the past days.

The members agreed on the cancellation of the upper house of parliament (Shura Council) head of the liberal Wafd Party al-Sayyed al-Badawi, who strongly called for keeping the council, dropped his cause following a debate with members calling for a unicameral parliament.

The members also agreed to explain the principles of Islamic Sharia in the charter's preamble, rather than of having an article clarifying the principles.

They also decided to replace a phrase saying "civil nature of the state" with "civil nature of the ruling" in the charter's preamble.

Egypt's constitution-amending panel had already voted to introduce a mixed electoral system for the country's parliamentary election. A majority of the 50-member panel voted to introduce a mix of individual candidacy and party-list system for the parliamentary election.

An article that allows referring civilians to military tribunals was kept intact although Sinai representative said that he is still trying to get more members to vote against the article in the Saturday session.

Earlier in the day, spokesman Mohamed Salmawi said that the committee will vote on the final draft on Saturday. Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi has earlier this week expected a referendum on the new constitution to be held in January.

Amending Egypt's suspended 2012 constitution – approved last year via popular referendum – is the first step of a transitional roadmap imposed by the military following its July 3 ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi.

The plan also calls for parliamentary and presidential elections within nine months.

Last Mod: 29 Kasım 2013, 11:43
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