Cairo, Mar 26: Egypt’s Islamists have won a majority of seats on a 100-member panel tasked with drafting a new constitution.
Egypt’s official news agency published the names of the panel members on Sunday, which raised fears by secular and liberal Egyptians that the Islamists dominating parliament will ignore concerns of other groups and would boost the role of Islam in society.
The new constitution will determine the balance of power between Egypt’s previously all-powerful president and parliament, and define the country’s future identity, including the role of religion and minority rights, Fox News reports.
According to the report, the constitutional committee will comprise of 60 Islamists in all, including 37 legislators selected by parliament’s two chambers.
Half the panel will comprise public figures, also selected by members of parliament.
Very few Christians and women were selected and there were only a few names from the revolutionary movement behind last year’s ouster of dictator Hosni Mubarak.
According to the report, the announcement of the panel’s makeup was followed by the sudden emergence of a public dispute between the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s largest political group, and the ruling generals who took power following Mubarak’s ouster more than a year ago.
The Brotherhood’s political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party, accused the generals of trying to ‘hinder’ the transition to democratic rule. (ANI)