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Constituent Assembly chairman defends Morsi’s controversial decree
Hossam El Gheriany endorses president Mohamed Morsi’s decree because 'it would give the constituent assembly sufficient time to wrap up Egypt’s new constitution'
Ahram Online, Sunday 25 Nov 2012
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Constitution assembly chairman justifies Morsi’s controversial decree
Judge Hossam El Gheriany, chairman of the constituent assembly (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt’s constituent assembly chairman Hossam El-Gheriany, under fire from liberal politicians, said he endorses president Mohamed Morsi’s constitutional decree because "it would give the assembly more time to finish its daunting task of writing the country’s new constitution."

Morsi infuriated many pro-democracy activists and secular-minded politicians after issuing a controversial decree that protects the Islamist-dominated constituent assembly from dissolution.

The decree also gave the assembly, which is plagued by walkouts from liberal members and Christian delegates among others, two more months to complete its work. It was initially due to complete the drafting process early next month.

“The new constitutional declaration would give us sufficient time to finish the constitution,” El-Gheriany said during an assembly session on Sunday.

“I’m calling on the members who withdrew to return back to the assembly and take part in the honourable process of writing the constitution.

“Time is not in our favour, we should not prolong the process,” he added.





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Nicholai
28-11-2012 10:24am
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There is only one single question. The Question.
A Committee of Reconciliation or any other umbrella body would not make any sense. All political forces and the most of the Egyptian people perfectly understand what it is all about - it's about the direct application of the Sharia/Islamic law in the Constitution draft. The rest is just smoke screens. If the Islamists grag the direct Sharia law through the Assembly and the referendum, they will have years to un-do the secular state and establish a full-scale Islamic state order.
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Seif
28-11-2012 02:46am
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Invaild
The constitutinal assembley is and has been invalid from the start. It is simply not representitive of the diversity of the Egyptian population. An assembley formed by parliamentarians (who have proven themselves as a worthless bunch of people) is not representative. A constitution should be written by the finest and most educated intellectuals in the land, ensuring bread, freedom of all kinds, social justice and accountability be ensured for all Egyptians. It should not be a forum for Islamists to out-majoritize, forcing their own agenda. Oh and NB; The separation of religion from politics is the best thing to happen to many countries in the world. learn from other peoples/countries experiences for god sake.
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Aladdin, Masry
26-11-2012 04:20am
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ALlah AKber
LOL!
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Andrew Arato
25-11-2012 09:20pm
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mere return is not an option.
They should return. but first other steps are needed. Pres. Morsi's declaration today is headed in the right direction. But insitutionalization is needed beyond his mere word. A committee of national reconciliation would be best, including the major forces, that should be given the task of giving a consensual document to the so-called constituent assembly that cannot now be dissolved. The Committee of Reconciliation should take the current draft, and complete it on all the major disputed questions. Such a Committee as in Turkey currently should be inclusive and act by consensus.
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Andrew Arato
27-11-2012 12:30am
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misleading
My comment refers not to the initial Constituional Declaration, that I found difficult to accept or justify, but the subsequent statements to the effect that dialogue and compromise are possible.
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khalid
25-11-2012 08:58pm
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No more excuse now
He's right....These were so called liberal that were carying for more time to draft the constitution...so President done it...They got the time now but there plans are clear now...They don't want a constitution but a chios..to detail the tranistion period..
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