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Constituent Assembly to vote on Egypt's constitution in mid-November

Final draft of Egypt's constitution to be voted on by Constituent Assembly in mid-November, assembly head Hossam El-Gheriany says

Ahram Online, Tuesday 16 Oct 2012
Constituent Assembly to vote on Egypt
The members of Egypt’s Constitutional Assembly meet at the Shura Council in Cairo on September 11, 2012 (Photo: Reuters)
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The final draft of Egypt's new constitution will be voted on by the Constituent Assembly during the second week of November, assembly leader Hossam El-Gheriany said Tuesday.

The assembly will resume its work after the four-day Eid holiday (25 to 29 October) with daily meetings scheduled to begin at 3pm, he added. Meetings of the assembly's various sub-committees will take place earlier in the day.

After the final draft is approved by the assembly it will be voted on in a national referendum.  

The assembly published the first official draft of the constitution on Wednesday 10 October.

Meanwhile, Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court on Tuesday is expected to begin looking into legal complaints against the assembly. Several lawsuits have been filed challenging the assembly's constitutionality and the mechanisms employed for selecting its members.

The Supreme Constitutional Court ruled in June that the law that regulated last year's parliamentary polls was unconstitutional. This led to the dissolution of the People's Assembly (the lower house of Egypt's parliament), which had appointed the Constituent Assembly's 100 members.

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