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Mona Makram Ebeid resigns from Egypt's constituent assembly
Following resignations by 11 liberal, leftist members from constituent assembly, professor Ebeid withdraws in protest of Islamist-majority, bringing number of women and Christian representatives down to five each
Zeinab El Gundy, Monday 26 Mar 2012
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Mona Makram Ebeid, a newly elected member in the constituent assembly, confirmed her resignation on Monday via her official Twitter account. She is the eleventh figure to withdraw from the assembly responsible for drafting Egypt's constitution since Sunday.

"I announce my withdrawal from the constituent assembly after I was requested by many to leave, and I apologise to those who elected me," Ebeid posted on the social media platform. 

Ebeid, a political science professor and politician, who comes from a well-known Christian family in Egypt, was among the few women and Christians to be elected to the assembly on Saturday.

In the past 24 hours several liberal and leftist elected members of the constituent assembly have announced their resignation. The withdrawls are in objection to the fact that the assembly is dominated by Islamist groups, which make up nearly 65 per cent, such as the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party and the Salafist Nour Party

The five representatives from the Egyptian Social Democratic Party including psychiatrist Ehab El-Kharrat, Member of Parliament (MP) Ziad Bahaaeddin, physician Mohamed Abul-Ghar, MP Emad Gad and former finance minister Hazem El-Beblawi resigned on Sunday.

Three politicians representing the Free Egyptians Party including the party's head Ahmed Said, the former Capital Market Authority director Hani Serieddin and Basel Adel also withdrew.

Liberal MP Amr Hamzawy and activist Ahmed Harara announced their resignation shortly afterwards.

With the resignation of Mona Ebeid, the number of female representatives in the assembly has shrunk to just five women and the number of Christians to five also.





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Hector M
27-03-2012 07:27am
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Mona Makram Ebeid resigns from Egypt's constituent assembly
Mona Makram Ebeid take a hike, who needs you in constituent assembly. You were given a privelge to work in that assembly. I guess your are not eligible for taht honor.
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Merille
27-03-2012 12:06am
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Leftists and secularists lost the elections
This shows that these so-called democrats don't really believe in democracy. The Islamists won, but these people can''t bring themselves to accepting the democratic game. They want democracy without Islam and this is impossible in a Muslim society.
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Ramy the Egyptian
28-03-2012 12:51am
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No! Both of you don't understand that democracy will NEVER EVER be achieved with Islamists dominating the constituent assembly! Try to understand why the liberals are resigning and protesting!! They are fighting for us!
Hector M
27-03-2012 07:46pm
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Merille, God bless you, you said it very right. These secularists have no moral values and no brains. They follow their American and Western masters. That is why NDI, and IRI, and other western NGOs were so successful. Those NGOs pumped lot of money to influence the election through these so called traitors secularists. God bless Egypt, MB. and its people.
Merile
27-03-2012 03:19pm
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You don't understand what democracy means!
Islam has nothing to do with democracy! Islam is a religion. Democracy is a political system. Constitution should be written by all segments of society. 5 women and 5 Copts is an insult to democracy. We know very well how islamists won those election!

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