News Brief 3/24/2012, Nisan 1, 5772
Liberals Withdraw From Egypt's Constitutional Assembly
Egypt's new Islamist-dominated parliament voted on Saturday to choose members for a body that will draft a new constitution that could decide which branch of the state will rule the Arab world's most populated state for years to come following the downfall of Hosni Mubarak's autocracy a year ago. However, liberal and leftist MPs withdrew, protesting that the nation's diversity would not be properly represented. The constitution will define the balance of power between parliament and president, the role of Islamic sharia law in statute and society, and the political role of the military - in power since Mubarak's removal. The Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), which controls most seats in both chambers of the parliament, said it aimed for an all-embracing constituent assembly.