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
Mona Makram Ebeid (Photo: www.coptsunited.com)
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.