CAIRO - A case against the assembly writing Egypt's new constitution was referred to another court on Tuesday in a move that could give the body enough time to finish its work.

A Cairo court hearing complaints filed by plaintiffs opposed to the make-up of the 100-person assembly referred the case to the Supreme Constitutional Court, the presiding judge said.

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The plaintiffs, many of them opposed to the heavy Islamist influence over the assembly, had argued the way the body had been formed was illegal.