Egypt Lawmakers Clash Over Writing Constitution

Published March 3, 2012 10:36AM (EST)

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian lawmakers are meeting in Cairo to decide who will write the country's new constitution, a debate focusing on the role of Islamists in constructing the document.

The Saturday parliament meeting is supposed to decide who will be on the 100-member panel tasked with drafting the first constitution after the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak.

Debate preceding the session has focused on the role Islamists will have in drafting the crucial document.

The Muslim Brotherhood and ultraconservative Salafist, who scored the strongest in the country's first parliamentary elections, say 40 percent of the panel should come from parliament.

Liberals, fearful their role in writing the constitution will be minimal, demand that only 20 percent of the panel come from parliament.

By Salon Staff

MORE FROM Salon Staff

Related Topics ------------------------------------------