Saturday, August 13, 2011

Egypt's Islamists challenge military rulers


Egypt's most influential Islamist group, the Muslim Brotherhood, has warned the country's ruling military council not to interfere in the process of writing the country's future constitution.

The statement Saturday from the Brotherhood marks the first time the group has directly challenged Egypt's military rulers since the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak in February.

How a new constitution will be drawn up is an intensely disputed subject in Egypt.

Parliamentary elections are slated for later this year, and the Islamists are expected to win big at the polls. That would likely give them a dominant voice in appointing the committee that will draft a new constitution.

Liberals fear that an Islamist-dominated committee will produce a constitution that serves only the Islamists' agenda.

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