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Egypt's Islamist Constitution to Be Amended, Elections to Follow in Early 2014

Egypt's Islamist Constitution to Be Amended, Elections to Follow in Early 2014

The Associated Press is reporting that Egypt will amend or completely replace its “Islamist-backed” constitution and elections will follow in early 2014. 

Interim president Adly Mansour has appointed “two panels to make amendments to the…constitution passed under Morsi’s government.” Those amendments would face a referendum within four and half months and parliamentary elections will follow shortly after that. The new parliament will then convene to decide a date for presidential elections.

These fast-tracked changes are reflective of the Egyptian military’s determination to move beyond the Morsi era and to keep Egypt’s government free from Muslim Brotherhood control, while putting the basic institutions for a constitutional system in place.

The Muslim Brotherhood contends that Morsi’s removal was a coup and that every action taken by the military and the interim administration is illegal.

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