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SCAF meets Egypt party representatives amid constitutional crisis

Members of Egypt's ruling military council hold Tuesday meeting with 18 political party reps to discuss ongoing row over constituent assembly, tasked with drafting new constitution

Ahram Online, Tuesday 27 Mar 2012
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Members of Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), including council head Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi and SCAF number-two Sami Anan, held meetings on Tuesday with representatives of 18 Egyptian political parties.

Attendees at Tuesday’s meeting included Mohamed Morsi (Freedom and Justice Party), Abul-Ela Madi (Wasat Party), Mostafa El-Naggar (Adl Party), Hossam Badrawy (Itihad Party), Emad Abd El-Ghafour (Nour Party), El-Sayed El-Badawy (Wafd Party) and Mohamed Anwar El-Sadat (Reform and Development Party), along with independent MPs Mostafa Bakry and Marian Malak.

The meeting comes in the wake of several high-profile resignations among liberal and leftist members of Egypt’s recently-formed constituent assembly – tasked with drafting a new constitution – to protest the large proportion of Islamist assembly members.

Also on Tuesday, Egypt’s Constitutional Court, which is currently examining the constitutionality of the 100-member constituent assembly, adjourned the case to 10 April.

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