Egypt Eyes Constitution Changes in Gesture to Opponents

Egypt Eyes Constitution Changes in Gesture to Opponents

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s Islamist-led government has asked independent legal experts to propose amendments to the new constitution, the state news agency MENA said on Tuesday, signaling that it may be heeding concerns of the liberal and leftist opposition.

Members of Egypt’s main opposition bloc, the National Salvation Front (NSF), walked out of the drafting of the constitution last year in protest at what they saw as its Islamist slant, and have called for changes to enshrine more freedoms and rights, notably for religious minorities and women.

Eight people have been killed and many others injured in the last four days in one of the worst outbreaks of sectarian violence between Muslims and Christians since the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

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