Egyptian MPs to pick constitution-setting assembly

By REUTERS
March 24, 2012 13:56

CAIRO - Egypt's Islamist-dominated parliament on Saturday will pick members of a body tasked with drafting a new constitution, a document that could decide which branch of state will effectively rule the country for years to come.

The constitution will define the balance of power between parliament and president, the role of Islamic sharia law in statute and society, and also the political role of the military - in power since Mubarak's fall in a popular uprising last year.

The Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), which controls most seats in both chambers of the parliament, said it seeks an all-embracing constituent assembly.

In a statement the FJP said: "The party's parliamentary bloc is keen to include all political and ideological streams in the assembly, as well as, representing all sectors of Egyptian society... including youth, women and Copts' representatives."


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