Abu Ismail: Proposed Egyptian constitution danger to state institutions

News article, posted 10.26.2012, from Egypt, in:
Abu Ismail: Proposed Egyptian constitution danger to state institutions (Photo: Al-Masry Al-Youm)

Former presidential candidate Salafi Sheikh Hazem Salah Abu Ismail said Thursday that the draft constitution poses a danger to state institutions.

He said that in current draft, the powers of the president and the prime minister overlap.

Abu Ismail told Al-Masry Al-Youm that issuing that draft would lead to crises for several state institutions and called on political powers to join his initiative demanding a temporary constitution.

Political parties and some Islamist and liberal figures on Tuesday called for an interim constitution to resolve the issue of the Constituent Assembly, which faces lawsuits demanding its disbandment based on allegations of Islamist domination.

The Muslim Brotherhood and the Freedom and Justice Party, however, opposed the idea and said it is too late, as the assembly is about to finish its work. The FJP called on the people to rally around the current draft of the constitution.

The Egyptian Social Democratic Party said in a statement that meetings to resolve the problem have all failed, while Abu Ismail said that different political forces, including Islamists, reject many articles of the constitution.

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