Draft Egypt constitution to be finalised by November: FJP official

Ahram Online, Wednesday 29 Aug 2012

First draft of Egypt's post-revolution national charter will be ready for popular referendum in late October, says member of constitution-drafting committee

Egypt's draft constitution will be finalised by the upcoming Eid Al-Adha holiday in late October, Fareed Ismail, leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party and member of Egypt's Constituent Assembly (tasked with drafting a new national charter), said on Wednesday.

In a press statement, Ismail stated that the draft constitution would be put before a referendum for public approval by late October or early November.

Ismail went on to note that the constitution was being drafted by a committee consisting mostly of opponents of the former regime, along with a handful of experts in the scientific, professional and labour fields invited by assembly members to make recommendations.

Conflicting statements have been issued recently regarding the date upon which the draft constitution would be finalised. In August, leading Muslim Brotherhood member Sobhi Saleh said the draft charter would will be ready by late September, while Constituent Assembly spokesman Wahid Abdel-Meguid had said the same day that the document would require an additional three months.    

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