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A closer look at Egypt's constitution

Ahram Online analyses some of the key elements of the 2014 constitution

Ahram Online (Republished, first published on 4 December) , Monday 20 Jan 2014
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Members of the assembly writing Egypt's new constitution vote on an article at the Shura Council in Cairo December 1, 2013 (Photo: AP)
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On 3 December, the panel charged with amending Egypt's constitution passed a final draft of the charter to Egypt's interim president, Adly Mansour. The 2012 constitution, passed during Mohamed Morsi's presidency, was suspended after Morsi's ouster. Many non-Islamist actors had criticised the drafting process of the 2012 constitution for being exclusionary, although the final text passed a referendum in December 2012.

The amended charter will be put to national referendum within a matter of weeks, although the exact date has yet to be announced. In the following articles, Ahram Online explores the new text in greater detail, looking at where the charter differs from the previous document.

Inside Egypt's draft constitution: Progress on key freedoms

Inside Egypt's draft constitution: Role of sharia redefined

Inside Egypt's draft constitution: Checks and balances mediate presidential power

Inside Egypt's draft constitution: Questions over social justice

Inside Egypt's draft constitution: Debates over military powers continue

Egypt's constitution 2013 vs. 2012: A comparison

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