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Tight deadline for Egypt to revise constitution


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Tight deadline for Egypt to revise constitution

Egypt’s interim president Adli Mansour has issued a decree for work to start on amending the country’s constitution, which has
been suspended since the overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi on July 3.

A committee of 10 legal experts has 15 days to come up with proposals to put before a broader body, which will have a further 60 days to deliver a final draft.

The constitution that Mursi’s government introduced last year was drawn up by the Islamist-dominated assembly. It was boycotted by liberals and Christians who criticised it for failing to protect human rights and social justice.

A revised constitution must be in place before Egypt can hold fresh elections, expected to take place within the next six months.

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