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ElBaradei calls for new Egypt constituent assembly

ElBaradei, an influential opposition figure, blames 'political bullying' for current judicial uncertainties

Ahram Online, Sunday 2 Jun 2013
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Egypt's leading opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei (Photo: AP)
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The founder of the Constitution Party Mohamed ElBaradei said on twitter on Sunday "the verdict of the High Constitutional Court is an expected outcome of the political bullying that toppled legitimacy and led to the state of collapse we are living in."

"Back to square one: Shura council and the constituent assembly declared unconstitutional. Consensus on new constitutional frame work only way out," he wrote in English on his Twitter account on Sunday.

ElBaradei called for a new constituent assembly and a new election law - both to be ratified by the people in a popular referendum.

Earlier on Sunday, the High Constitutional Court ruled unconstitutional an article regulating the election of independent MPs to the Shura Council, the upper house of parliament.

Two thirds of the council's elected members were elected from party lists; the remaining third of elected members were independent.

According to the ruling, the Shura Council will be dissolved after a new House of Representatives, the lower house of parliament, is formed.

The court also ruled that the law governing the composition of the Constituent Assembly, the body tasked with drafting Egypt's new constitution, is unconstitutional.

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02-06-2013 06:46pm
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Elbaradei: Sir..go at least twice a week - on Egyptian Radio and Egyptian Television (you pick which) and talk to the people in the everyday local Arabic language we all use and understand..and explain your points of view....on a weekly basis. How many Egyptians read the Arabic newspapers? (leave aside the English or the French Newspapers) How many from the suburbs understand the "classical" arabic vocabulary and sentences? Reach the people, the street people, the young and the old, reach the Egyptians using a simple understandable everyday sentences and phrases. Call it as it is, you are greatly respected and you can very well relay any message. The one or two million or more living abroad, and by abroad I mean not in Arab countries only but all over in the West, they all listen to what you have to say, so please say it to those living eating and breathing in our beloved country.
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04-06-2013 05:48pm
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Thank you to all the PLUS + signs....It is not the people who can read and write; it is the people who cannot read and write that should be listening to what ElBaradei says.
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