Parliament struggles to agree constitutional assembly makeup
The Egyptian parliament struggled to come up with an agreement as to the makeup of the 100 member constitutional assembly which will formulate a new constitution.
Following a highly emotional debate it was agreed that a smaller committee should come up with proposals for the makeup and selection procedure for the 100 member assembly. This will be presented to the two houses on 17th March and a final vote on the assembly will be held on 24th March.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice party want 60 members from the parliament and the balance from unions, legal and constitutional experts. The liberals in the party have said that there should be proper representation for women, young people and Christians.
The events at today’s parliament suggest that it will be a hard battle to bring a constitution to the people within the six months permitted once the constitutional assembly is agreed.