Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

14 November 2012

Egypt: Members May Resign From Egypt's Constituent Assembly

Twenty-five members threatened on Wednesday to withdraw from the constituent assembly that is writing the country's new constitution if their demands were not tackled.

The raged members argued that some of the articles in the draft constitution were passed without serious discussion.

Planning to issue a joint statement by November 18, the members slammed the appointment of a group that, they claimed, represents one faction to have the last say on the finalized constitution.

They accused the assembly's majority of blocking them from expressing their suggestions and feedback freely.

The 100-member assembly, formed by the dissolved parliament, is facing legal challenges from plaintiffs who accuse it of being dominated by Islamists.

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