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Campaigners seeking new constitution threaten 'million man march' if their demands are not met

The Constitution First campaign, which aims to collect 15 million signatures in support of its demand, will stage a million person demonstration if Egypt's ruling military council refuses

Ahram Online , Monday 20 Jun 2011
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A number of political groups and parties have called for a million person demonstration to take place on Friday 8 July under the slogan “correcting the path and determining the fate”, to demand the drafting of a new constitution before the parliamentary elections set for September.

The Freedom Front for Peaceful Change (FFPC) group organised a press conference on Monday which included 40 representatives of the different political groups that uphold the demand and which are currently undertaking a campaign to collect 15 million signatures in support. The FFPC media coordinator, Essam El-Sherif, said at the conference that the campaign has so far succeeded in collecting approximately 3 million signatures and has spread to almost all of Egypt’s governorates. 

El-Sherif added that a delegation will head to the council of ministers on Tuesday to meet with interim Prime Minister Essam Sharaf to convince him to sign the petition demanding the drafting of a new constitution.

The petition, which has been written by 47 legal experts, demands the formation of a constitutional committee which includes representatives of all social and political groups and figures. The petition will be submitted to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), according to El-Sherif.

The campaign coordinator Hassan Abd El-Wahab added that if SCAF refuses the demand, a “million person” demonstration will be called for to take place on 8 July in Tahrir Square. 

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