Egypt's Constituent Assembly head to revise draft constitution: Sources

Gamal Essam El-Din , Wednesday 24 Oct 2012

Informed sources tell Ahram Online that judge Hossam El-Gheriani, the Constituent Assembly head, intends to revise draft constitution after receiving complaints from some assembly members

Constituent Assembly
Constituent Assembly (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Constituent Assembly head Hossam El-Gheriani intends to revise the current draft of the constitution, informed sources told Ahram Online on Wednesday.

Some assembly members have criticised the decision to publish a draft of the constitution that had not been unanimously agreed upon by the assembly.

It was natural for the draft to be revised to reflect different political views, assembly spokesman Wahid Abdel-Meguid told the Al-Ahram Arabic news website.

A number of political groups have claimed the draft fails to adequately protect rights and freedoms.

El-Gheriani decided to revise the articles on rights and freedoms after a number of assembly members said the president's powers were unchecked in the draft charter, the sources added.

The sources also said El-Gheriani would take into account complaints against the assembly's draft-formulation committee which is tasked with phrasing a final proposed version.

Assembly members had attacked the draft formulation committee, claiming changes were being made to suggestions posited by sub-committees during the draft formulation phase.

Assembly meetings will resume on 4 November after the Islamic festival of Eid Al-Adha.

The assembly will look into proposed changes to the draft constitution, as well the possibility of postponing the assembly's work until the High Constitutional Court (HCC) rules on the constitutionality of the assembly, the sources said.

Some observers have said they fear a flawed constitution could be accepted in a national referendum and it would impossible to redraw it even if the Constituent Assembly was subsequently ruled illegitimate.

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