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01.09.2013 Egypt

Egypt names new constituton panel

By AFP
A handout picture from the Egyptian presidency on August 1, 2013 shows Interim president Adly Mansour (R) in Cairo.  By  (EGYPTIAN PRESIDENCY/Handout/AFP/File)
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A handout picture from the Egyptian presidency on August 1, 2013 shows Interim president Adly Mansour (R) in Cairo. By (EGYPTIAN PRESIDENCY/Handout/AFP/File)

CAIRO (AFP) - Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour announced a 50-member panel Sunday to draw up a revised constitution but without the inclusion of ousted president Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood which declined to take part.

A disputed constitution drafted under Morsi was approved in a December 2012 referendum without only a 33-percent turnout.

Mansour's spokesman Ehab al-Badaoui read out the 50 names of the new panel at a press conference in Cairo.

The Brotherhood has refused to take part, arguing that Egypt's new authorities were illegitimate since the army ousted Morsi on July 3 after a wave of popular protests.

But the Islamists are represented by the Salafist party Al-Nour, which supported Morsi's ouster, sitting alongside Al-Azhar, the highest authority in Sunni Islam, and Christian churches.

The new panel has 60 days to submit a final version of the revised constitution to the interim president, who in turn has 30 days to announce the date of a referendum.

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