Egypt Islamists to rally against planned army role

November 16, 2011 22:01

CAIRO - Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood will protest with other political groups on Friday against a constitutional proposal to shield the army from parliamentary oversight, the group said on Wednesday.

The group said the mass rally would be the first in a series of protests aimed at pressuring the cabinet to withdraw draft plans it said could allow the army to defy the elected civilian government.Negotiations have broken down between Islamists, liberals and the government over principles giving the army exclusive authority over its internal affairs and budget.

"We negotiated with the cabinet, which insisted on clinging to non-democratic principles, leaving us with no alternative but to join the mass protest to protect democracy," the Brotherhood said in a statement.

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