30 November 2012

Egyptian Islamists Approve Draft Constitution Despite Objections

Cairo — The 85-person assembly charged with crafting the North African nation's new constitution gave their final approval on Friday, passing 234 articles, the document is now complete.

The Islamists drafting Egypt's new constitution voted Friday to approve a charter that human rights groups and international experts said was full of holes and ambiguities.

The constitution, which would replace the one scrapped in last year's revolution that led to Hosni Mubarak's ouster, will still need to be approved by citizens. And as they have for over a week, protesters are vowing to be out on the streets Friday protesting not just the constitutional group led by Muslim Brotherhood members, but the man who once led this Islamist movement and is now Egypt's president.

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