October 23, 2012

Egypt Constitution Opens Door to Islamic State

Ragab Saad, EgyptSource

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The Constituent Assembly tasked with drafting the constitution will face its fate on Tuesday before Cairo’s Administrative Court, with many civil political parties and movements hoping for a verdict which will bring about the assembly’s dissolution. On the other hand, the Muslim Brotherhood is fighting to keep the current makeup of the assembly as is, levying accusations of bias and unprofessionalism at independent local media that allowed the opportunity for other parties to oppose the drafting process.

The current draft constitution has faced criticism not only from liberal and leftist parties, but has also come under fire from conservative Salafi movements, albeit for very different reasons.

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