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New Egyptian constitution shouldn't be 'eternal': Moussa

Head of the committee revising the constitution says the charter should be developed in line with people's demands

Ahram Online , Friday 15 Nov 2013
Amr Moussa
Amr Moussa, chairman of the committee to amend the country's constitution speaks at a news conference at the Shura Council in Cairo 22 September, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)
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The new Egyptian constitution should not be an "eternal" document, head of the drafting committee Amr Moussa said on Thursday, arguing that the charter should continue to develop, to reflect people's demands and aspirations.

The 2012 constitution, drafted by an Islamist-dominated assembly and passed by national referendum despite opposition from many political groups, was suspended when the military removed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July following mass protests against his turbulent year-long rule.

Amr Moussa, who served as foreign minister for ten years under former president Hosni Mubarak, told a diplomats' club forum that the 50-member committee responsible for drafting the new constitution was still considering what parliamentary quota to set for workers and farmers.

The current rules state that 50 percent of parliamentary members must be either workers or farmers, but the definitions of the two categories remained loose over the years.

Officials say the final version of the constitution will be completed by 3 December and will be submitted to interim President Adly Mansour for approval. It will then be put to a national referendum.

A parliamentary election, expected in February or March, would follow the endorsement of the national charter, with presidential polls in early summer.

Moussa said a national commission would oversee both votes.

Moussa, a former Arab League secretary-general and Egyptian foreign minister, told reporters that he had not sought any executive role in the government.

Moussa ran for the presidency in the 2012 elections which were won by Morsi. The former diplomat polled fifth.

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Hilal Audeh
15-11-2013 10:10pm
Secular fascist comstitution prejudicial to Islam
Undemocratic constitution prepared by unelected people. The constitution is anti-Islamic since it allows parties based on secularism and Communism and atheism...but it doesn't allow parties to be based on Islam. This is not democracy....This secular fascism.
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15-11-2013 07:41pm
We can all get along.
To appease Islamists and minorities, it is important to change the court system. I will suggest a framework to operate the court system. My framework is roughly based on the American court system, which is predominantly Anglo-Saxon. I believe that we should have a body of juries added to the Egyptian court system. Those juries are going to impart judgment on the plaintiff. Those juries are from the peers of the plaintiff. They should be juries of good character from the same socio-economic status. This will help the jury relate to the plaintiff and impart good judgments. In order to please Islamists, a council of Azhar clerics should be created to oversee decisions made by the judge. This translates into the judge having to consult the clerics before imparting a decision. More, to ensure that the decision is Islamic, the power of veto through unanimous agreement should be given to the clerics. The last component of this system is the most difficult one. It is important for the government to promote and recognize certain public organizational bodies. Religious bodies, tribal bodies and ethnic bodies should organize themselves into public organizations or corporations. Those are then recognized by the state; where their privacy, property and power structure is protected. This protection comes at the price that those organizations must give back in the form of sharing culture, economic utility and preserving the social order. With this assumption then an advisory board can be created to advise the jury. This advisory board will consist of high ranking members of the public organizations this individual is part of. It would be a requirement that the jury listens to the advice of this board before imparting judgment on the plaintiff and only through a unanimous agreement of that board can the judgment be imparted.
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16-11-2013 11:55am
No way
".. to ensure that the decision is Islamic, the power of veto through unanimous agreement should be given to the clerics. "
15-11-2013 10:06pm
Can't get along
Dear pharoah, the modern day pharoah won't get along with your idea,...y they should hold a free and fair judiciary system...? how our respected Judiciary would let you get along it...? They are enjoying this courrupt and repressive system, forget about justice in Egypt.
15-11-2013 09:18pm
error, plaintiff = defendant.
this argument is relatively new and so replace, the word plaintiff with defendant.

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