Unanimity on Egypt constitution impossible: Deputy PM

Ahram Online, Wednesday 4 Dec 2013

Finalising constitution is a forward step towards implementing the roadmap, says Ziad Bahaaeddin

Ziad Bahaaeddin
Deputy Prime Minister Ziad Bahaaeddin (Photo: Al-Ahram)

The first half of Egypt's transitional period is almost complete now the constitution has been finalised, Deputy Prime Minister Ziad Bahaaeddin said on Wednesday.

“It is also a step forward in implementing the roadmap,” he added during his speech at the Egypt/GCC investment forum in Cairo.

Commenting on disputes over the constitution, Bahaaeddin said consensus was impossible, and it is the same in countries throughout the world.

According to the roadmap implemented after the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on 3 July, the 2012 constitution was suspended and a panel formed to make amendments. The constitution will be put to a national referendum followed by parliamentary and presidential elections.

Interim President Adly Mansour received the final draft of the amended constitution on Tuesday.

The pro-Morsi National Alliance to Support Legitimacy on Wednesday rejected the constitution, but stopped short of saying it would boycott a forthcoming referendum it claimed would be rigged.


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