Egypt set to rewrite Morsi constitution

By REUTERS
September 22, 2013 20:54

 
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CAIRO - Egypt is likely to completely rewrite the constitution adopted under Mohamed Morsi, a spokesman for the committee amending it said on Sunday, in a further push to reverse changes introduced under the deposed Islamist president.

The 50-member committee, which includes two Islamists but no representative of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, was appointed by the interim government installed after the army overthrew Morsi in July following protests against his rule.

More than 2,000 Islamists, mostly from the Brotherhood, have been arrested in the past two months, including Morsi and most of the group's other leaders. The government said the Brotherhood declined an offer to join the committee.

The Morsi constitution, drafted by an Islamist-dominated assembly and approved in a referendum in December, was seen by Morsi's opponents as failing to guarantee human and women's rights and to reflect Egypt's diverse population.

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