Egypt Islamists approve new constitution

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A body set up to write Egypt’s new constitution following last year’s ousting of leader Hosni Mubarak has approved its final draft.

After an all-night marathon session, the assembly backed all 234 articles, including those that keep Islamic or sharia law as the main source of legislation.

The draft will be presented to Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi on Saturday. He must then put it to a popular referendum within 15 days.

The opposition boycotted the constitution commission as it is dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist group that backed Mursi for president.

His opponents claim that the draft has been rushed – amid a political crisis which saw Mursi award himself sweeping new powers.

Further protests are expected in Cairo today by pro and anti-Mursi activists.