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Egypt's parliament to choose constituent assembly Saturday

A joint parliament session, dominated by Islamists, is currently underway to elect the 100-member committee that will draft Egypt's post-revolution constitution

Ahram Online, Saturday 24 Mar 2012
Saad El-Katatni
Lower House speaker and Muslim Brotherhood member Saad El-Katatni (Photo: Reuters)
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The third joint parliament session has started this Saturday morning to choose the constituent assembly that will draft Egypt's new constitution.

Parliament members had presented their nominees to parliament - so far 2000 in total.

The members are now expected to choose 100 of the 2000 to form the committee. 

The assembly will be made up of 50 members from the People's Assembly (lower house) and Shura Council (upper house) - which are both dominated by Islamists - and 50 experts and public figures from outside parliament. Parliament began receiving nominations for the constituent assembly last week. 

The lower house speaker, Saad El-Katatny, specified to parliament that MPs are required to choose 37 from the lower house 13 from the Upper House, 25 from state institutions, universities, syndicates and trade unions and 25 from the proposed public figures.

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