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Egypt constitution amendment committee to be announced Sunday: Presidential source

Representatives of new 50-member committee to write final draft of Egypt's amended constitution to be named Sunday; Committee given two months to perform its duty

Ahram Online , Sunday 1 Sep 2013
Adly Mansour
Egypt's Interim President Adly Mansour (Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt's Interim President Adly Mansour issued Sunday a presidential decree forming a 50-member committee to be assigned the task of finalising a draft of Egypt's amended constitution.

According to a presidential source, the names of chosen representatives will be announced at a press conference scheduled to take place at 3pm today.

The decree came after lists of possible representatives from all sectors of society were presented to Mansour.

Article 29 of the 8 July Constitutional Declaration affirms that the 50-member committee must incorporate representatives of political parties, intellectuals, workers, farmers, unionists, and national councils. The committee must also contain representatives from Al-Azhar, the Coptic Church, the armed forces, the police, public figures and at least 10 figures representing youth and women.

Adly's decree lays down the expected role of the committee, states that it is to operate for the duration of two months, and specifies the Shura Council as the venue in which the committee wil assemble and perform its duties.

The decree to form a 50-member committee comes days after a 10-member technical committee responsible for amending the 2012 constitution passed its draft to Mansour. The draft presented has sparked hot debate among Egypt's varied political factions.

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