A group of lawmakers withdraw from Egypt’s Constituent Assembly
Mon Nov 19, 2012 6:13AM
There are some articles in the proposed draft of the constitution that are catastrophic. We tried so far to amend them, but we couldn’t reach an agreement.” Sayed el-Badawi, head of al-Wafd PartySeveral members of Egypt’s Constituent Assembly have withdrawn from the 100-member committee following months of dismay over the current composition of the assembly, Press TV reports. At least a dozen liberals withdrew from the assembly on Sunday, following the resignation of five Christian members and eight delegates of an advisory committee providing technical assistance. The resigning lawmakers held a press conference to announce their withdrawal from the assembly, which is mandated to draft the new constitution of Egypt.
The resigned members of the Constituent Assembly argued that their suggestions were ignored and were not given chance to discuss articles of the constitution.December is the deadline for the draft to be set forth, but Egyptian lawmakers have so far failed to reach an agreement. Sayed el-Badawi, the head of al-Wafd Party, told Press TV that there are “some articles in the proposed draft of the constitution that are catastrophic. We tried so far to amend them, but we couldn’t reach an agreement.” The composition of the Constituent Assembly has been locked up in stalemate since the dissolution of the first assembly in April due to the domination of the Muslim Brotherhood and its failure to represent various political parties. The second assembly also suffered withdrawal and resignation of some members, including Mohammed el-Baradei, who boycotted the constitution-writing body. Former Egyptian presidential candidate Amr Moussa also told Press TV, “We disagree. We do not disagree with this party or that group. We disagree with the formulations of the constitution and that we cannot change information technology… They run after each other from working group to the final formulation.” Some politicians believe that the draft document is catastrophic and places more limitations on personal freedoms in comparison to the previous constitution written in 1971, which some believe is totally against the aspirations of the Egyptian revolution. AO/HSN