Constituent Assembly delivers draft constitution to Morsi Saturday

Ahram Online, Saturday 1 Dec 2012

The final draft of Egypt's constitution will be in president's hand Saturday; Morsi is expected to push it into the public to ratify in two weeks

President Morsi
President Mohamed Morsi honours Judge Hossam El Gheriany, chairman of the constituent assembly, at the presidential palace in Cairo July 3, 2012.(Photo:Reuters)

The head of the Constituent Assembly, Judge Hossam El-Gheriany is set to deliver a finalised draft of Egyp'ts constitution onto President Mohamed Morsi's plate on Saturday.

The Islamist-led assembly finalised the draft constitution early Friday morning.

The draft constitution is expected to bew put up for national referendum to be held as soon as mid-December.

The constitution has been highly controversial. Hundreds of thousands have been protesting nation-wide in the past week against the Constituent Assembly as well as against an ad hoc, temporary presidential decree issued Thursday 22 November, whereby the president shields his own decisions from judicial appeal, including his decision to protect the constitution-drafting body from dissolution by court order.

The assembly witnessed mass walkouts, leaving only Islamists sitting on the constitution drafting body.

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