Revolutionary sheikh lists demands of Friday protest
Ahram Online, Friday 20 Apr 2012
During Friday sermon in Tahrir Square, Sheikh Mazhar Shaheen lists four basic demands of Friday's demonstration


Sheikh Mazhar Shaheen, imam of the Omar Makram Mosque located adjacent to Cairo's Tahrir Square, listed the demands of today's protest during his Friday sermon.

Shaheen listed four basic demands, the first of which was the elimination of Article 28 of last year's constitutional declaration, which, he said, "contradicts established legal and judicial principles" and makes decisions issued by the Supreme Presidential Elections Commission impervious to appeal.

Other demands cited by Shaheen were that no constitution be drafted under the authority of Egypt's ruling military council; that Egypt's next constitution be representative of all segments of Egyptian society; and that upcoming presidential elections take place on their assigned date – 23, 24 May – to allow the ruling military council to hand over executive power by 1 July.

Shaheen also stated that Egypt was an "Islamic country" and that Islamic Law should form the basis of legislation, stressing, however, that all Egyptians should live together as equal partners.

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