Egypt’s constituent assembly has completed its work on a draft constitution. It reflects how far the balance of power has shifted since the secular- based army deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.
Among the provisions is a ban on parties formed on religious basis, and a rule that any future president must get Supreme Council approval for the position of defence minister – which means the military.
“The 50 member committee has now approved the draft constitution with its new amendments, but the biggest challenge is yet to come when it is presented to the Egyptian people in the form of a (referendum), giving them a chance to have their say,” explained euronews correspondent Mohammed Shaikhibrahim.
A few hundred metres from where the vote was taking place pro-Mursi supporters held a rare rally in Tahrir square. They still see him as Egypt’s only democratically elected leader.
The new constitution will replace the one signed into law by Islamist Mursi. It will also pave the way for new presidential and parliamentary elections.