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President has promised constitutional addendum: Egypt's 6 April, Rebel

Youth groups say interim president has vowed to issue constitutional addendum 'soon' addressing their collective reservations

Ahram Online , Tuesday 9 Jul 2013
Ahmed Maher co-founder of the 6 April Youth Movement

The Rebel campaign and the 6 April Youth Movement both stated on Tuesday that interim president Adly Mansour had listened to their reservations regarding Egypt's new constitutional declaration and promised to issue a constitutional addendum accordingly.

Rebel coordinating committee member Maha Abu Bakr told Al-Ahram's Arabic-language news website that, among articles objected to by the campaign was Article 1, which, she said, was copied from the now suspended constitution drafted by Islamist parties regarding the role of Islamic Law.

Rebel members also objected to holding parliamentary elections before presidential polls, as is called for by the constitutional declaration.

Abu Bakr assured that the president was going to issue a constitutional addendum "soon," stressing that Mohamed ElBaradei – who represents several political groups in negotiations – had submitted proposed amendments to the presidency.

ElBaradei was reportedly appointed vice president for foreign affairs on Tuesday. He had earlier been nominated by the 30 June Front, 6 April and the leftist Egyptian Popular Current to negotiate on their behalf.

The 6 April statement went on to say that the meeting held with the president on Tuesday had been attended by 6 April founding member Ahmed Maher, presidential political consultant Mostafa Hegazy and presidential media consultant Ahmed El-Muslemani.

The youth group said that, apart from voicing its reservations regarding the constitutional declaration, it had also demanded that no extraordinary measures be taken against Egypt's Islamist current and called for Islamist parties not to be excluded from the political process.

Maher reiterated Rebel's assurances that the president had promised a constitutional addendum "soon" that would address their collective reservations.  

Interim president Adly Mansour's constitutional declaration will remain in effect until the end of Egypt's current transitional period, expected to last at least six months.

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