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Court suspends 100-member assembly

Publish date: 17 April 2012
Issue Number: 474
Diary: Legalbrief Africa Old
Category: Egypt

A court in Egypt has suspended the 100-member assembly appointed last month to draft the country's new Constitution.

BBC News reports that several lawsuits had demanded Cairo's Administrative Court block the decision to form the panel as it did not reflect the diversity of Egyptian society. They said women, young people and minorities were under-represented. The report notes that Islamists from the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party and the Salafist Nour party, which dominate parliament, have a near-majority. As a result, there have been growing concerns that they may amend the Constitution so that it follows the principles of Islamic law more strictly. According to the report, the new document will also determine the rights of Egypt's religious and ethnic minority groups and the balance of power between the president - previously the supreme authority - and parliament. Full BBC News report