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Egypt Court Delays Constitution Committee-Related Verdict

July 30, 2012

An Egyptian administrative court delayed until Sept. 24 a verdict on whether to recuse itself from a hearing dealing with the possible disbanding of the committee charged with drafting the new constitution.

The decision, announced today by Judge Karem Abdel-Latif, came at the request of the Muslim Brotherhood’s political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party. An attorney for the FJP, Abdel- Moneim Abdel-Maqsoud said in an interview that they requested the delay to have more time to submit supporting documents to the court in their bid to have the judicial body recuse itself from the case.

The decision further clouds the fate of the committee. Its predecessor had been disbanded by court order following challenges that it was dominated by Islamists and did not reflect the full spectrum of Egypt’s political and social forces.

To contact the reporter on this story: Abdel Latif Wahba in Cairo at alatifwahba@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Digby Lidstone at dlidstone@bloomberg.net


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