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ElBaradei, Sabbahi to launch campaign for 'revolutionary constitution'

New campaign calling for a constitution that represents all Egyptians and expresses spirit of revolution to launch Tuesday

Ahram Online , Tuesday 23 Oct 2012
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A campaign for a constitution that represents all Egyptians and expresses the spirit of the January 25 Revolution will be launched by Constitution Party founder Mohamed ElBaradei and Egyptian Popular Current leader Hamdeen Sabbahi on Tuesday.

The event will be held at the Journalists' Syndicate in downtown Cairo at 8pm. Prominent political and national figures, as well as intellectuals, artists and other public personalities will attend, according to the Constitution Party's Facebook page.

The Administrative Court on Tuesday passed the case on fate of the Constituent Assembly to the High Constitutional Court, leaving the future of the assembly in doubt.

The assembly might be dissolved because its members were selected by the People's Assembly which was subsequently declared null and void.

The assembly has come under fire from liberals and leftists for its perceived dominance by Islamists. Many have called for its dissolution and replacement by a more balanced drafting body that reflects Egypt's diverse socio-political make up.

Thousand of people took to the streets on Friday to protest against current composition of the assembly.

Sabbahi and ElBaradei issued a statement in September calling for a boycott of the assembly and urging its members to withdraw.

The statement said the assembly suffered from "the absence of a basic understanding of things that concern the Egyptian citizen, such as basic freedom, economic and social rights."

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A woman
24-10-2012 08:52pm
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A friendly request to AO
A friendly request to Ahram Online: Could you please publish an informational article about what a constitution is exactly? I think it could help to avoid many misunderstandings and heated discussions. Many comments telling again and again for example that the party who won the election also has the right to draft the constitution with the majority of drafting assembly members. This is definitively and completely wrong and it shows that many people have a wrong idea about this subject "constitution". Please! Do something for the political education in this country.
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Zaki
25-10-2012 11:06pm
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A friendly suggestion to a woman
A womamn, why should AO should define the constitution article. AO is a news media not your political science institute. Egyptians are responsible for the constitution drafting. What is wrong with for example that the party who won the election also has the right to draft the constitution with the majority of drafting assembly members, you can not swallow the reality, then be it.
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Nora
24-10-2012 05:16am
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We need to get along.
I think that they both have good theoretical ideas, but the common person, does not see the constitution as his/her biggest problem. At this time we need to be united on goals and objectives that serve the poor and under privileged . Take for example, education: is it fair for the elites {.5%} to write a document that is understood by {5%} of the population, ignored by {40%} while the rest can NOT read or write. I find the Left to be hubris. They need to get real. The document can be amended any time, once we have educated population, with a decent living standards. Please forgive Morsi for been a MB, and try to work with him for our common goals.
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Maram
24-10-2012 01:22am
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please be reasonable
Excuse me and who told you that you two represent Egyptians in last protest we saw thousands of followers belong to 17 party as you mentioned,We did not see millions asking for Constitution assembly replacement. the majority of Egyptians elected Islamist in the parliament SO it make sense that the majority are from Islamist in the assembly that they represent what Majority of Egyptians want and the rest of assembly more than % 60 are not from Islamist parties The true problem is liberal leaders do not want to reach any agreement or discussion all what they want to dismiss this assembly why do not they do like Dr.ABUALFOTOUH party did bring their comments on the draft to be discussed and reach an agreement
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A woman
24-10-2012 01:24pm
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No Maram!
No Maram! It does not makes sense that this assembly is dominated by groups who won the election. A constitution has nothing to do with majorities or minorities or the political power momentum in a state. Otherwise you have to write a new constitution every time this political power momentum is changing. A constitution is above all this and it MUST represent all parts of society to get a legitimacy for long term. A constitution written by a majority of a special political direction is worth nothing and contradicts the sense of a constitution. The constitution is (beside other items) about the shelter of the basic human rights of ALL citizens! Sorry to say, but your opinion is wrong or you must have a wrong idea what a constitution is
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Maram
24-10-2012 01:20am
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please be reasonable
Excuse me and who told you that you two represent Egyptians in last protest we saw thousands of followers belong to 17 party as you mentioned,We did not see millions asking for Constitution assembly replacement. the majority of Egyptians elected Islamist in the parliament SO it make sense that the majority are from Islamist in the assembly that they represent what Majority of Egyptians want and the rest of assembly more than % 60 are not from Islamist parties The true problem is liberal leaders do not want to reach any agreement or discussion all what they want to dismiss this assembly why do not they do like Dr.ABUALFOTOUH party did bring their comments on the draft to be discussed and reach an agreement
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Ray Gibbs
23-10-2012 11:56pm
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"revolutionary constitution"
let freedom ring . every good wish .
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Ashok
25-10-2012 11:21pm
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revolutionary constitution please define
Ray, There is no such thing as revolutionary constitution. Please be specific let freedom of what ring? freedom of establishing classes of people, which the West want in all over the world.
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Hamdi Y. Kandil
23-10-2012 09:54pm
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Islam must always be the basis of any Egyptian constitution
In the final analysis, any constitution would have to be approved by the people of Egypt. This means that a constitution that is not based on Islam will never never never never see the light of the day. Period.
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moustafa
23-10-2012 11:20pm
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The obvious choice is a secular constitution
how can you have freedom of thought (and religion) within a non-secular state? Why do you assume that all Egyptian muslims support political islam?
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