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Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya offers solutions to Egypt's political crisis

Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya calls for completion of constitution by end of November, referendums on certain individual articles, Shura Council to be given legislative powers, and reduction in presidential powers

Ahram Online, Sunday 25 Nov 2012
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The Islamist group Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya on Sunday warned of increased violence and divisions in Egypt following President Morsi's Constitutional Declaration.  

The group offered a number of recommendations:

Firstly, a discussion should be held amongst all members of the Constituent Assembly in order to reach a consensus over articles in the draft constitution. If significant disagreements arise over a limited number of articles, a nationwide referendum should be held on each article separately.

Secondly, there should be a reduction in the powers of the president which he gave himself and guaranteed from oversight in Thursday's Constitutional Declaration. The group called for the completion of the constitution by 30 November and for it to be presented to the president by 1 December.

Thirdly, it called for a new Constitutional Declaration assigning legislative powers to the Shura Council (upper house of parliament).   

It also called for all political parties involved in the current impasse to call on their supporters to abstain from violent protests.   

The group warned against the dangers of mixing "violent elements with peaceful protests in an attempt to create chaos and achieve certain political demands."

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