Egypt's Tuesday papers: The fate of the Constituent Assembly

News article, posted 10.24.2012, from Egypt, in:
Abdel-Rahman Hussein
Egypt's Tuesday papers: The fate of the Constituent Assembly (Photo: Al-Masry Al-Youm)

The one story that dominates headlines is obvious. Tuesday, a court will rule on the legality of the Constituent Assembly and whether it should be dissolved. In the court’s ruling lies the fate of Egypt’s future constitution and throws up a myriad of scenarios over what comes next.

The independent daily Al-Shorouk states that there are three possible scenarios, and the least likely of which is that the constituent assembly remains as it is.  The most likely scenario is that the administrative court dissolves the assembly, meaning that it needs to be reassembled by President Mohamed Morsy in the absence of parliament.

The third scenario, which may come as a surprise, according to the newspaper, is that the administrative court refers the case to Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional court, which, the daily argues, would create another face-off between the Brotherhood and the supreme court after it had dissolved the Islamist-dominated Parliament.

The privately owned Al-Watan newspaper seems a bit more pleased about the whole event, and isn’t waiting for the court to rule, judging by it’s front page. It states that the assembly is “crumbling,” with half of its members threatening to resign, while opposition forces demand that Morsy put an end to its work ahead of the verdict. The newspaper that states that liberals and Salafis are both opposed to the working draft that the assembly has released, for wildly different reasons. Liberals see it as too stringent and Salafis see it as not stringent enough.

Al-Tahrir, another privately owned newspaper, is predicting that the court will dissolve the assembly, claiming that there are enough legal grounds for its annulment. The newspaper adds that there are 48 complaints against the assembly being headed by Judge Hossam Gheriany alone, and predicts that the legal minefields surrounding the assembly will mean its doom.


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