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Egypt's constitution panel approves remaining articles

Constitution-amending committee approves four articles pertaining to the transitional phase which were initially rejected; Draft to be submitted to president Tuesday

Ahram Online, Sunday 1 Dec 2013
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Amr Moussa (L), head of the assembly writing Egypt's new constitution, speaks with El-Sayed El-Badawi (R), the head of the Wafd party, before a vote at the Shura Council in Cairo December 1, 2013. The assembly writing Egypt's new constitution voted on Sunday against an article that requires parliamentary elections to be held before presidential elections, raising uncertainty over the country's political transition timetable (Photo: Reuters)
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The committee responsible for amending the Egyptian constitution finished voting on a new draft of the charter on Sunday evening, approving four articles that had not been passed in earlier sessions.

The articles were discussed at a closed meeting on Sunday evening, before a final session at which they were passed. All of the articles relate to the upcoming elections.

Article 230, which puts forward an electoral timeline, was amended and then passed. The previous text stated that the parliamentary elections would be held after a minimum period of 30 days and a maximum one of 90 days following the ratification of the constitution. The article also stipulated that presidential elections be held no later than 30 days after parliament convenes.

The amended article passed with 42 votes in favour and two against, leaves avoids saying which vote should happen first, leaving the decision up to President Adly Mansour.

Article 229 was also amended; the original text had stated that two-thirds of members of parliament were to be independent, with the remaining third drawn from party lists. The amended text, which was passed, left the matter to be decided by the interim president. The amended text was approved by 43 votes in favour and two against, while one member abstained.

The two other articles – 243 and 244 – had initially allowed parliamentary quotas for workers, farmers, young people, Christians, and persons with disabilities. After amendment, they stipulate that each category will be granted "proper representation."

All the above articles are under Section 2 of Chapter 6 of the charter, and are not permanent because they relate to the current transitional period.

Following the end of the session, head of the committee Amr Moussa announced that the panel would reconvene Monday ahead of submitting the draft to the president on Tuesday.

A national referendum to approve the amended constitution is scheduled for January 2014.

The current draft contains 247 articles.

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J.M.Jordan
03-12-2013 09:40am
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Farmers and workers quotas...
maybe weren't textually agreed to because to sit in parliament means you cannot do your job, maybe the idea was better for the country they actually do their job and are correctly represented. Also wise to leave to the interim president's discretion the articles they couldn't unite enough voices upon. Once again I admire the wisdom of the Egyptian people.
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Alex Shannouda
02-12-2013 09:12pm
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undemocratic parodoxical constitutuion
It allows political parties to be formed based on Communism, socialism, atheism and even sexual perversion, but not according to Islam. At the same time, it states in article-2 that Islam is state religion. This is a scandalous contradiction.
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Mona
03-12-2013 11:04am
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Politics and Religions don't mix
Political parties should not be formed according to religions but according to political views. Religions should not be associated with any political parties. Religion is a personal relations between each person and God, it should not have a role in politics. Religions are used by the wrong people for their political gains, the worst atrocities and murders are being committed in the name of religion. God is innocent of what people do in his name. Religion is for God, not for politics.
Ervin
02-12-2013 11:51pm
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fake
When you come with your real name, then you can brag about. Communism, socialism are common ways do to politics, atheism is not a way for doing politics by the way. You will say in the West religious parties are allowed to go into politics. Then I will answer, why do you take the West only as an example when is only convenient to you Ikhwan? But with your electors you speak against the West? Isn't this hypocrisy?
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Nayef
02-12-2013 08:37pm
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This is not good enough
Unless the Constitution does not permanently put the Egyptian Army under complete control of elected civilian Egyptian leadership, it will not provide for meaningful democracy for the average person in Egypt. The best way to stop the endless cycle of nepotism and corruption in Egyptian society is to have meaningful reform of Egypt’s police and military. This means no more businesses controlled by the military or police. These businesses should be sold in a transparent bidding process and the funds are used to fix Egypt’s railroad system, bridges, roads, sewer and water system and the rest of Egypt’s infrastructure. Install a 25 year limit for anyone to be allowed to serve in the military. No military trials for civilians and the ending of the use of cages in Egyptian courtrooms. This is the type of constitution the Egyptian people need and deserve. What is being proposed will not prevent another military takeover of an elected Egyptian government in the future.
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Sami Ahmad
02-12-2013 08:24pm
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Draft of Constitution
Where can anyone see the draft of the new constitution? How and why would a person like Amr Mousa qualify to head such a panel? Why not a constitutional law expert instead? Is there a clear separation clause in the new constitution? Why army is not subject to civilian government?Doesn't that create a form of military dictatorship?
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Farid
02-12-2013 03:16pm
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Congratulations
I would like to congratulate to all Egyptians for having proper Constitution, which will protect all aspects of life of each citizen.
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frishibly
02-12-2013 06:55am
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funny book
this is not constitution document for military's glorification and another Dictator's funny book
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