Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood wants quick constitutional amendments

By Reuters Staff
March 12, 2011
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(Khairat el Shater at Tahrir Square in Cairo March 4, 2011/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany)

Egypt needs to start functioning again and prevent army rule from dragging on too long, the Muslim Brotherhood said, calling for the swift implementation of constitutional amendments to restart political life.

A month after a popular uprising forced President Hosni Mubarak from office, politicians from across the spectrum have begun to debate whether a new constitution is needed to breathe life into political institutions.

The Muslim Brotherhood can rally support quickly and would benefit from a quick election. It says it would take too long to draw up a new constitution that included all parties’ desires, so amending the current one is the only way forward.

“Constitutional amendments are the most suitable, not the most ideal solution for this transitional period that cannot drag for too long,” Brotherhood deputy Khairat Shater told Reuters in an interview late on Thursday. “A new constitution is most ideal but that will take up to a year.”

Presidential candidate Mohamed ElBaradei has called for a new constitution instead of temporary amendments and suggested that army hands power to a presidential council that would oversee a new constitution and elections.

The Facebook page “We are Khaled Said”, the first to call for the Jan. 25 protests, is lobbying to add a third choice of a “a new constitution” on referendum ballots as a way to galvanise demand for a new constitution and against amendments.

Read the full interview by Marwa Awad here.

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FUNNY HOW BARAK ONLY FIGHTS FOR NATION’S THAT ARE ISLAMIC ISN’T IT?

Posted by TERI148 | Report as abusive

WHAT MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD WANTS IS IMPLIMENTATION OF SHARIA LAW. THAT LATER ON WOULD TRANSLATE TO FLOGGING,STONING OF WOMEN, GAYS AND CHRISTIANS TO DEATH IN THE SAME SQUARE IT ALL STARTED,(TAHRIR SQUARE),IRONICALLY MEANING FREEDOM???

Posted by hn7759 | Report as abusive

1. So Israel is Islamic? That is where all the money goes, and all the money spent in the Middle East is to shore up Jewish domination of the region.

2. So we should attack Italy, France, and Spain for being Catholic and having laws compatible with Vatican pronouncements?

Where do these people come from? Do they read anything except propaganda? I want them completely out of my Government. Perhaps partition and force separation of these people from those who do not want to live in the same country as them?

These people are willing to kill and destroy their neighbors for their religion. “Good” neighbors? I think not.

Time for change.

Posted by txgadfly | Report as abusive