Egypt tries again to form constitution-writing body

June 8, 2012 21:45

CAIRO - Egypt's parliamentary speaker invited nominations on Friday to a new body to draft the country's constitution after a previous panel was dissolved due to complaints it was dominated by Islamists.

The move to create the new constitutional assembly ends weeks of deadlock over its make-up. A court ordered the previous body disbanded in April after liberals and others resigned from it, complaining the Muslim Brotherhood was over-represented.

The assembly has the delicate task of drawing up a constitution that will define the role of the president after he is elected in a run-off vote next week.

The military council that took over after former president Hosni Mubarak was toppled last year has promised to hand over to a newly elected president by July 1, but no one yet knows what authority the new head of state will have.

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