In Egypt the assembly drafting the new constitution has voted to keep the principles of Islamic law as the main source of legislation.
It was the first stage for the assembly which is voting on 234 articles in the draft constitution.
Liberal, left-wing and Christian members have boycotted the assembly.
The judiciary remains in a stand-off with President Mohamed Mursi after he granted himself sweeping new powers and strike action has closed the supreme court.
The president remains adamant his powers are in the interests of Egypt’s transition to democratic rule.
“We all agree that the President’s decisions were not legitimate and unconstitutional, however, there are other ways to protest than going on strike and affecting people’s needs,” Hassan Abdul Nasr, lawyer.
The Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists are set to stage a rally on Saturday raising fears of clashes with pro-democracy campaigners.