Ikhwanweb :: The Muslim Brotherhood Official English Website

Thu93 2020

Last update18:06 PM GMT

Back to Homepage
Font Size : 12 point 14 point 16 point 18 point
:: News > FJP News
Constituent Assembly Completes Drafting of Article One of Egypt's New Charter
Constituent Assembly Completes Drafting of Article One of Egypt's New Charter
Just as the constitution-writing assembly shows signs it could diligently finish authoring the country’s most important document, an administrative court decides to bring forward – by two months – the date for considering a complaint aiming to disband that assembly.
Thursday, July 12,2012 23:07

Dr. Huda Ghaneya, member of the Constituent Assembly (CA) entrusted with drafting the new Constitution, said that the CA’s Basic Components Committee, Wednesday evening, finalized the wording of Article I, resolving some of points of contention.

The committee kept the terms referring to Shura (Consultation) and African affiliation, so the text of the article reads: "The Republic of Egypt is an Arab democratic consultative constitutional modern state, based on the separation of powers and the principle of citizenship, is part of the Arab and Islamic nation, and is affiliated with the African Continent."

In a press statement, Dr. Ghaneya added that a new article was also completed on the Independence of Al-Azhar, with all CA members agreeing Al-Azhar is the only reference on Islamic matters in the country, that it must be an independent authority with its own government-independent budget. The law must determine how to select its Grand Imam, according to the law deemed most appropriate by the majority of Al-Azhar scholars.

For his part, Justice Magid Shebeita, member of the State Council and the CA, explained that the goal of adding the word ‘Shura’ or ‘consultative’ is to emphasize the participation of all authorities of the State in its public policy, so that no authority would grab all power for itself alone.

The Administrative Court yesterday decided to accelerate the process for a lawsuit threatening to dissolve the CA so it should be considered on July 17 instead of next September.

Meanwhile, observers have affirmed that bringing forward the case is a political decision intended to thwart the authoring of the new constitution, after it became clear current CA is capable of completing the drafting of the new constitution during the month of Ramadan (starting July 20), which would deprive the military council (SCAF) of forming a ‘loyal’ constitution-writing panel that would tailor Articles to legalize their power grab and total control of the country.

tags: Freedom and Justice Party / FJP / Constitution / Azhar / SCAF / Constituent Assembly
Posted in FJP News , EGYPT  
Related Articles
Presidential Statement Affirms Respect for Constitution, Judiciary and Judges
People’s Assembly Sessions to Discuss Implementation of Constitutional Court Ruling
Constitutional Court Confirms Validity of Morsi Decree Rescinding Military Council Decision
Mohsen Radi: New Constitution Guarantees Freedom of Art
Muslim Brotherhood Statement on The Complementary Constitutional Declaration
Erian Denies Discussions on Formation of New Government and Constitutional Oath of Office
Katatny: SCAF's Complementary Constitutional Declaration is Null and Void
Freedom and Justice Party Executive Office Statement on Constitutional Court Rulings
Muslim Brotherhood Statement on Constitutionality of Disenfranchisement Law Decision
Morsi Central Campaign's Statement on Constitutional Court Rulings
Press Statement by People’s Assembly Speaker on Constitutional Court Ruling
Political Parties and Groups Reach Consensus on Constitution-Writing Panel Composition
Fahmi to U.S. Lawmakers: Principles of Constitution Agreed, Respect Will of Egyptian People
Dr. Erian: We Seek Consensus Not Complementary Constitutional Declaration
MP El-Prince: SCAF Has No Authority to Issue Complementary Constitutional Declaration
Saleh: No Crisis If Presidential Elections Held Before New Constitution Writing
Freedom and Justice Party Denies Proposing Constitutional Court Bill
Dr. Katatni Urges All Parties for Broad Consensus on Constitution-Writing Panel Criteria
Constitutional Experts Urge SCAF to Pass Disenfranchisement Law
Dr. Morsi: We Respect Court Decisions, Seek Real Consensus on Constitution