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Vol 54 No 25

Published 13th December 2013


Egypt

Vote on constitution nears

Liberals hope democracy can co-exist with a military insulated from scrutiny but many lawyers wonder about the flaws in the new legal framework

Egypt’s draft constitution has been handed to President Adly Mahmud Mansour for formal signing, after the 50-member drafting panel approved it on 1 December. A simple majority referendum is expected in early January. ‘Don’t blame us for the inadequacy of the text,’ says one panel member. ‘Blame the Muslim Brotherhood. Blame the fact we had only two months to draft it.’

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