Egypt Parliament opens nominations for constituent assembly

Ahram Online, Sunday 18 Mar 2012

Speaker El-Katatni sets Wednesday nominations deadline for assembly tasked with writing Egypt's new constitution

File image of Egypt's parliamentary chambers (Photo: Reuters)

Parliament began receiving nominations for the constituent assembly tasked with drafting Egypt's new constitution on Sunday.

Dr Mohamed Saad El-Katatni, the speaker of the People's Assembly, said the deadline for nominations would be 2pm on Wednesday.

A second joint session of parliament on Saturday agreed on the principles and criteria for electing the assembly's members. The assembly will be made up of 50 members from the People's Assembly and Shura Council, and 50 experts and public figures from outside parliament.

During parliament's first joint session earlier this month, MPs voted for the assembly to be made up of 40 MPs and 60 non-MPs. However, after much debate they opted in favour of the 50/50 option.

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