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Youth Coalition say 'No' to amendments

Youth Coalition says amendments do not reflect revolution's demands and declare intention to vote 'No' on 19 March

Ahram Online, Tuesday 15 Mar 2011

January 25 Youth Coalition members have declared that they will take a stand against the constitutional amendments put forward in the 19 March referendum. They clarified that the majority of the coalition will vote ‘No’, although the Muslim Brotherhood -- whose official stand is ‘Yes’ -- are part of the coalition.

The coalition argue that the amendments do not reflect the revolution’s demands and no one should negotiate or settle for anything less. One of the central demands is the formation of a new temporary constitution that would dictate the authorities of the temporary government and the civil presidential council.

The presidential council would consist of three members, one of whom would be a military figure. The council would oversee the transitional period and help set the stage for free and fair presidential and parliamentary elections. The demands also call for the formation of a constituent assembly to devise a new constitution, the reformulation of laws dealing with party formation and the exercising of political rights as well as the abolition of the Upper House, believed to play no role in political life. 

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