Egypt's new constitution,
according to a draft text completed on Saturday nearly five
months after the army deposed an Islamist president, will
bolster the military's hand and ban religious parties.
The constitution, expected to be put to a referendum in
December, is part of an army-planned political transition meant
to lead to parliamentary and presidential elections next year.
"In the early hours of the morning the assembly (reached) an
overall consensus over the constitution articles," its chairman,
former Arab League
chief Amr Moussa
, told a news conference.
The 50-member constituent assembly later began voting to
approve the draft, article by article, and once this process is
complete it will submit the document to interim President Adli
Mansour, who will set a date for the referendum.
The final draft, seen by Reuters, does away with the
Islamist-inspired additions that featured in the constitution
approved by a referendum during Morsi's year in office.