Egyptian Islamists boycott army civilian council

December 8, 2011 17:47

CAIRO - Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, doing well in parliamentary elections, said on Thursday it would shun a new council set up by military rulers to help oversee the drafting of a new constitution.

The popular Islamist group said it feared the body, which will include politicians, presidential candidates and youth representatives, would usurp the authority of the new parliament and become a permanent fixture in Egypt.

The army, which took charge of the country in February following the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak, is due to unveil the council formally later in the day.

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