Egypt: Islamists in conflict with the army on the Constitution

Egypt: Islamists in conflict with the army on the Constitution

Cairo : Egypt | Dec 08, 2011 at 10:23 AM PST
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The Muslim Brotherhood, who head the Egyptian legislative, clashed on Thursday with the army in power, accused of wanting to control the writing of the future constitution at the expense of a parliament about to be dominated by Islamists.

The Army announced Thursday the formation of an "advisory council" to prepare the process of drafting a constitution, ignoring calls from the Muslim Brotherhood.

The 30-member council is composed of intellectuals and political figures and other project will also examine the choice of president, expected by the end of 2012, said in a statement the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (CSFA).

The Muslim Brotherhood on Thursday accused the Egyptian army to "marginalize Parliament" and announced that a group be removed from contact with the armed forces.

"We believe that any attempt to marginalize or reduce Parliament to increase the prerogatives of any non-elected, tends to overlook the popular will," he told AFP Baltagui Muammar, leader of the Freedom and Justice, formed by Muslim Brotherhood .

The Islamists chose to withdraw from this group after a senior military official said the military will have some decision-making power to designate who will write the future Constitution, a decision that would marginalize Parliament, said Baltagui.

The Muslim Brotherhood, who triumphed in the first round of Egyptian parliamentary elections, had begun talks with the armed forces to form an advisory council composed of intellectuals and political figures.

For General Mokhtar to Mula, the advisory council and the transitional government must approve the appointment of those who drafted the new constitution.

Such a perspective would significantly reduce the ability of Islamists to influence the development of the future constitution, crucial step in defining the balance of power after the fall of President Hosni Mubarak in February.

This would respond to the fears of the liberal media, secular and Christians in Egypt and the military against the possibility of seeing the Islamists define the future fundamental law according to their political and religious principles.

The official results of the second round of legislative elections in Egypt confirmed the overwhelming victory of the Islamists, who scored more than three out of four seats after the initial phase of this first election of the post-Mubarak.

The various Islamist organizations obtained a total of 113 seats on the 168 at stake in the two rounds of the first phase of the election, according to results given by the press on Thursday.

The Muslim Brotherhood get 80 seats, followed by the party Salafi (fundamentalist) Al Nur ('The Light') with 33 seats, two rounds of legislative elections held on 28 and 29 November and 5 and December 6.

The secular liberal parties get 33 seats and the rest goes to independent candidates or small formations.

These results refer to the first third of the governorates of Egypt, including the major cities of Cairo and Alexandria. The other regions must choose their deputies from 14 December to 11 January.

The election of deputies of the most populous Arab country, with over 80 million people, will continue from late January through mid-March by the Senators.

The military in power since the fall of Mubarak promised to hand over power to civilians after a presidential election scheduled for no later than June 2012.

The Military Council (CSFA) that runs the country on Wednesday appointed a new transitional government, headed by a prime minister, Kamal el Ganzuri, with enhanced powers to deal with the crisis affecting the country's economy and security degradation.

A large number of protesters occupying Tahrir Square, the symbolic focus of January and February revolt in Cairo, now camped in front of the seat of government, to affirm their rejection Ganzuri, which they regard as a relic of the old regime.

These activists demanding the immediate withdrawal of military power.

A woman with a child in her arms deposited in the ballot box to vote on Monday, December 5 at a polling station in the city of Alexandria in the second round of legislative elections in Egypt.

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The Muslim Brotherhood is officially banned but controls a fifth of seats in the Egyptian parliament
The Muslim Brotherhood is officially banned but controls a fifth of seats in the Egyptian parliament
ZohaibAnwer is based in Karāchi, Sind, Pakistan, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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