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Draft constitution 'favours rich, ignores women and minorities': Tagammu

Leftist party urges parliamentary quotas for women, Coptic Christians and Nubians, limits on election expenditure

Ahram Online, Sunday 10 Nov 2013
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Tagammu party sends requests to head of 50 member committee Amr Moussa (Photo: Reuters)
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The Tagammu Party has accused the constitution committee of favouring the rich and ignoring the rights of women, Coptic Christians and Nubians. 

The leftist party said the draft constitution does not set spending limits for election campaigns and therefore favours "those with millions."

While the draft maintains the reservation of 50 percent of seats for workers and farmers, it does not include an article making it possible for people from less advantaged backgrounds to contest elections, it said.

The draft constitution ignores the rights of women, Coptic Christians and Nubians for fair representation, and uses electoral freedom as an excuse, it added. 

"They forget that we live in a time when women's rights are rejected based on argument from Sharia law, and Copts are being killed because they are Copts and their churches are being burned and destroyed. In such a state how can we expect fair representation for women, Copts and Nubians?" 

The party has sent a letter to constitution committee leader Amr Moussa demanding Nubians be granted an independent electoral district. A large number of Nubians live in the El-Nuba region which is part of Kom Ombo electoral district which has a non-Nubian majority.

It also suggested an article stating the president should appoint 40 members to the House of Representatives - 20 women and 20 Copts. 

"The party realises the quota is not popular, but we insist it is the only way to achieve fairer representation.

"We warn the constitution committee and the Egyptian people of the dangers of taking this issue lightly. If the next parliament is devoid of women, Copts, Nubians and the poor it will be undemocratic and thus will not guarantee stability."

A 50-member committee is currently amending the 2012 constitution, which was drafted by an Islamist-dominated assembly. The amendments are part of the 3 July roadmap which included the removal of president Mohamed Morsi, who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood. 

The amendments are to be finalised and approved by interim President Adly Mansour on 3 December. They will then be put to a national referendum, followed by parliamentary and presidential elections. 

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11-11-2013 07:07am
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Fascists are complaining now
They want to eliminate the biggest and most popular party in Egypt yet complain that others are being ignored? What hypocrites. Should of thought of that before becoming slaves to the military, Egypt is a laughing stock, they're in the same category as North Korea and every other undemocratic run down military country that can't support itself, enjoy.
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George Saber
10-11-2013 09:26pm
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hypocrisy and moral duplicity
How can Copts demand equality and at the same time insist on receiving a perderential treatment?
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CRBG
11-11-2013 03:10am
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Preferential treatment?
How are copts asking for preferential treatment? They don't get to build churches as easily in their own countries as do Muslim immigrants do in Western countries. Copts pay taxes like everyone else, and yet their churches and homes get burned down, they get shot at in drive-by shootings, and the perpetrators are hardly ever caught or brought to justice. They have been the subject of hate speech under Morsi's regime, and now, they are asking for equal treatment under the new constitution. BTW, I'm not a Copt, and I would disapprove of any preferential treatment for anyone, but fair is fair.
Amin
10-11-2013 10:18pm
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Justice is equality
Egypt has been poisened by decades of fanatic Islamisation. Only by assuring quotas for women and minorities we will assure justice and stability.
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10-11-2013 09:21pm
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in the Constitution I wrote for Egypt in March 2011, I described a formula that I co-discovered with NHLPA for campaign finance. They called it a 'luxury tax', whereby rich (football) clubs (like Paris SG, Milan, ) can buy as many top players as they like, and pay them as much as they like; but, they must put an equal amount into a league-wide pool, to be split evenly by all teams. for example, they spend 20 million on a player like Ronaldo. so the same amount is split between 10 teams, meaning they each get 2 million. they can then go out and spend two million extra dollars on good players. so there's no corruption, no false barriers, and 'parity' between teams. I apply the same idea to political parties, so there's more money for smaller 'parliamentary' parties.
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neil
10-11-2013 09:02pm
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not logic
Please use logic. Egypt's lower house is eccentric, an anomaly, with its quotas, - all members must be elected. Functional representation, demographic representation, minority representation – 'quota' is a primary purpose for the upper house. To abolish it, is eccentric, an anomaly, irrational. Can't you see the contradiction
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sabri
10-11-2013 04:37pm
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any draft constitution will bring pro contra
The previous constitution approved by 70% eqyptians. This is the most accepted constitution. But the coup government reject it without guarantee better one and push Eqyptians to accept theirs. Correct referendum by leaving eqyptians to choose brtween previous and the regime constitution.
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11-11-2013 12:33pm
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@amin
Great analogy genius but your Hitler coparison sounds like what's happening now with the coup and this cult like worship of sissy.
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10-11-2013 10:24pm
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Election and approved constitution
Hitler was also elected and his Nazi constitution voted by 70 percent of Germans because they were lured and disillusuned..we know what took place too well. Now if we let the Salafis dictate our future, this would be the greatest mistake ever done and the third round of revolution will lnow who the ennemis really are.
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