Egypt's Grand Imam launches constitution consensus-building initiative
In an attempt to 'bridge the divide' between Egypt's opposition, judiciary and President Mohamed Morsi, Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayeb launches initiative
Ahram Online, Monday 3 Dec 2012
Egypt's Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayeb (Photo:Reuters)
Egypt's Grand Imam of Al-Azhar University Ahmed El-Tayeb and a number of notable political figures have agreed to launch an initiative to handle the current crisis, concerning widespread dissent over the newly announced draft constitution and attempt to reach a consensus.
On Monday, El-Tayeb met with a number of Constituent Assembly members, including the head of the Assembly, Judge Hossam El-Gheriany, former presidential candidate Mohamed Selim El-Awa, and Al-Azhar advisor to the grand sheikh, Judge Mohamed Abdel Salam.
El-Tayeb announced that this was done as an effort to "bridge the divide," over the new constitutional draft.
He further added that additional members will be invited to the initiative in an attempt to reach a consensus in the near future.
President Mohamed Morsi called for a national referendum on the draft on 15 December, 2012.