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Draft of Egypt's new constitution to be ready late September: PM
Hisham Kandil says a version of the country's long-awaited new charter will be ready for the public vote in just over a month
Ahram Online, Saturday 25 Aug 2012
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Egypt's new Prime minister, Hisham Qandil, speaks during his first news conference at his office in Cairo, Thursday (Photo: Reuters)
Egypt's Prime Minister, Hisham Kandil, has revealed that a draft of the country's new constitution will be ready for approval by nationwide referendum by the end of September, according to a report from the state-run MENA news agency.
 
The Constituent Assembly, tasked with drafting the constitution, is yet to announce a final date for the completion of the draft. Kandil does not officially represent the drafting body.
 
Egypt's 1971 constitution was suspended when former president Hosni Mubarak resigned in February 2011. The new constitution will be submitted to the Egyptian people for majority approval before it is officially adopted.
 
The assembly writing the charter, however, remains at risk of dissolution, pending a court ruling slated for September.
 
If the Constitutional Assembly is found unconstitutional and dissolved, Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi will be entitled to form a new body to draft the charter.
 
The constitutionality of the Constituent Assembly has been brought into question because it was appointed by Egypt's Parliament, whose lower house – the People's Assembly – was dissolved after a ruling from the High Constitutional Court.
 
The Court declared the law that regulated late 2011's parliamentary elections unconstitutional.




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parvaz
27-08-2012 10:25am
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New Egyptian Constitution
Whatever the constitution, it must include freedom of speech & assembly, the right to work, the right to education, the right to healthcare, and the right to healthy environment. No lifetime government position for anyone.
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Nageyec Conduz
26-08-2012 12:12pm
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new constitution
Now, what will they say, when the first draft of the new constitution is brought before the public? Unconstitutional? Well! if the so called constitutional court comes up with its usual funny verdict again, the new president will have his private men to draft the new constitution and the court won't have nothing to say. Even worst, in't it?
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Carole T
25-08-2012 08:37pm
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Understanding the Draft Constitution
The fact that most Egyptians have no idea what true democracy is and 40% are illiterate/poor how is the government going to explain the details of the draft and how it impacts all Egyptians? Is the Muslim Brotherhood going to give away free oil and gasoline to gain a yes vote on the draft or will they step up and deceminate the ins and outs of what this constitution will mean to the people and give the public a fair chance to decide if this constitution is good for them or not.
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Gudarz
27-08-2012 10:15pm
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RE: Understanding The Draft Constitution
Maybe you explain your "true democracy" to the rest of us. Most Egyptian illiterate and poor fully understand what civil rights are because they learned that from the Koran when western men were eating grass. Egyptians have come a long way since 1400 years ago. Besides every person insinctively understands the freedom of expression, and rights to work and education that no "democracy" seems to have mustered yet.

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