TribLIVE

| USWorld


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Interim leader names panel to amend constitution

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Saturday, July 20, 2013, 7:21 p.m.
 

CAIRO — Egypt's interim president selected a team of legal experts on Saturday to rewrite controversial portions of the Islamist-drafted constitution, as the military-backed leadership moved quickly to try to capitalize on the coup that ousted the country's first freely elected leader.

While supporters of former President Mohamed Morsy protest in the streets, Egypt's prime minister called for consensus and participation of all political groups. But Morsy's Muslim Brotherhood group officially has refused to negotiate with the government, saying they are open for talks only after he is reinstated.

Moves to amend the constitution are the latest push by the country's leadership to move ahead with a military-backed timetable for a return to democratic rule for Egypt.

In his decree, interim President Adly Mansour appointed the 10-member committee of judges and law professors that will propose amendments to the constitution. They have 30 days to suggest amendments. A second committee, comprised of 50 public figures, then will have 60 days to review those amendments.

After that, citizens will vote on the proposed amendments in a referendum, according to the military-backed timetable.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read World

  1. Alone at controls, Germanwings co-pilot sought to ‘destroy’ the plane
  2. Nuke deal won’t stop Iran secret work
  3. Antarctica yields life in extremest of conditions, so what about on another planet?
  4. Iran nuclear discussions go past deadline
  5. Iraqi troops seize key points in Tikrit
  6. Buhari claims historic win in Nigeria vote
  7. Yemen civilians bristle under bombing campaign
  8. Turkey prosecutor fatally shot in Istanbul courthouse hostage standoff
  9. Video captures Germanwings flight’s doom
  10. Luft­hansa: Co-pilot disclosed bout of ‘severe depression’
  11. U.S. to resume military aid to Egypt, but with strings