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Liberal forces slam Islamist-dominated constituent assembly

MP Amr Hamzawy and the few elected liberals resign from the Islamist-dominated constituent assembly; leftist political forces appeal to State Council to declare method of choosing members unconstitutional

Ahram Online , Monday 26 Mar 2012
A protester holding a banner against Muslim brotherhood
A protester holding a banner against the Muslim Brotherhood majority in the constituent assembly (Photo:Reuters)
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After 13 hours of voting, waiting and counting votes, the final list of the 100-member constituent assembly was announced Sunday, amid much controversy.

65% of the list is controlled by Islamists, 50 members are from the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafist political parties.

The meagre presence of women (just six members), Egyptian Christians (again just six) and Liberal forces has angered many who see the assembly as unrepresentative of a diverse Egypt.

Following the announcement of the list on Saturday, several liberal elected members in the assembly announced their withdrawal from the assembly in the past 24 hours. These included Member of Parliament (MP) Amr Hamzawy , MP Ziad Bahaa El-Din and political activist Ahmed Harara.

There have been several calls from leftist and liberal political forces, such as the Free Egyptians Party, for revolutionary youth to return to Tahrir square, the epicentre of the January 25 revolution, and protest.

In addition there have been appeals to the State Council, the legal body tasked with deciding disputes related to the exercise of state power, to declare the decision to elect 50 per cent of the constituent assembly from the parliament and 50 per cent from outside, as unconstitutional.

The constituent assembly will hold its first session next Wednesday, 28 March, inside the People's Assembly.

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