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Egypt Parties to Meet Tantawi on Constitution Committee April 22

April 15, 2012

Egyptian lawmakers, political parties and the country’s military ruler will meet April 22 to discuss the composition of the committee charged with drafting a constitution, in a push to get the nation’s transition to civilian rule back on track, the state-run Middle East News Agency reported today.

The announcement came after more than a dozen heads of political parties met with Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi about the constitution drafting committee following an administrative court ruling that effectively suspended the 100- person panel because of its membership.

That ruling undercut hopes the document would be completed before a new president is elected in May or June and the handover of power to a civilian administration occurs as scheduled by July 1.

Now, the members of the committee will be entirely from outside of parliament, MENA said, citing Emad Abdel-Ghafour, head of the Salafist Al-Nour party.

The panel had drawn fire from secularists and independents who claimed that it was dominated by the Islamists who control parliament. About 60 percent of the committee was made up of members of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, the Al-Nour Party and independents who sympathized with them, stoking concerns that others’ views would be sidelined.

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