On 3 December, the panel charged with amending Egypt's constitution passed a final draft of the charter to Egypt's interim president, Adly Mansour. The 2012 constitution, passed during Mohamed Morsi's presidency, was suspended after Morsi's ouster. Many non-Islamist actors had criticised the drafting process of the 2012 constitution for being exclusionary, although the final text passed a referendum in December 2012.
The amended charter will be put to national referendum within a matter of weeks, although the exact date has yet to be announced. In the following articles, Ahram Online explores the new text in greater detail, looking at where the charter differs from the previous document.
Inside Egypt's draft constitution: Progress on key freedoms
Inside Egypt's draft constitution: Role of sharia redefined
Inside Egypt's draft constitution: Checks and balances mediate presidential power
Inside Egypt's draft constitution: Questions over social justice
Inside Egypt's draft constitution: Debates over military powers continue
Egypt's constitution 2013 vs. 2012: A comparison