Egypt MPs try to protect constitution from army

CAIRO - Members of Egypt's constituent assembly vowed to hold their first meeting at the parliament building on Monday in a show of defiance against the army's assumption of legislative powers.
"We will meet, even if it is on the pavement, unless they use snipers against us," said liberal MP Mohamed el-Sawy, one of the 100 people appointed by parliament to write the democratic constitution.
"We are holding on to this constituent assembly. It is the only gain we took away from the legitimate parliament."
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