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PM Qandil says experts will amend Egypt's constitution

A committee of non-politically-aligned experts will suggest amendments to Egypt's controversial constitution, promises Prime Minister Hisham Qandil in Kenya

Ahram Online, Tuesday 9 Apr 2013
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A committee of constitutional experts will be formed to amend around 10 - 15 constitutional articles that lack general consensus, promised Egypt's Prime Minister Hisham Qandil.

Those committee members will not be affiliated to any political group, Qandil revealed during a meeting on Monday with the Egyptian community in Kenya.

He further detailed that the amendments will be referred to President Mohamed Morsi, who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood, for approval.

Egypt's constitution, which was passed by 63 percent in December, has come under strong attack from opposition for articles they deem as major hurdles for freedoms and rights. Opposition also decries that the Constituent Assembly, which drafted the constitution, was unrepresentative and dominated solely by Islamist.  

The prime minister voiced the promise while discussing several points on Egypt's economic status and ongoing negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He said the government is embarking on political and economic reforms gradually so that it does not face rejection from citizens.

An IMF delegation resumed on Wednesday long-delayed loan negotiations with Egypt. Government officials said the team is to stay until 15 April and expects to reach a final agreement with the IMF on the $4.8 billion loan.

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