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We will not replace the parliament, says Egypt advisory council

In its first statement, the newly-appointed advisory council denies that it will choose the members of the committee which will draft the constitution

Zeinab El Gundy, Monday 12 Dec 2011
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The advisory council, recently appointed by the ruling military council (SCAF), issued its first statement on Sunday. The body demanded that the military council issue an official statement to clarify assertions made by Major-General Mukhtar Mulla, a member of the SCAF, to a group of foreign correspondents regarding the role of the advisory council.

Major-General Mulla caused huge controversy last week when he claimed that the upcoming parliament does not represent the Egyptian people and that the advisory council will work on the provisional assembly which will draft the upcoming constitution.

In its statement, the advisory council said that it is only an advisory board, with no legislative or supervisory role like that of the parliament. The council also added that only members of parliament have the right to elect the members of the provisional committee which will draft the constitution.

Despite denying that the advisory council would elect the members of the provisional committee, it did not deny that there is difference between elections of the members and creating standards for choosing the members of the provisional committee, in order to fully represent the Egyptian people.

Advisory council member Moataz Abdel Fatah published the statement of the advisory council on Monday on his official Facebook page.

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