To accommodate Islamists, Egyptian government may amend constitutional document

News article, posted 11.15.2011, from Egypt, in:
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To accommodate Islamists, Egyptian government may amend constitutional document (Photo: Al Masry Al Youm)

A cabinet source has said that the government intends to amend Deputy Prime Minister Ali al-Selmy’s constitutional principles document to accommodate reservations expressed by the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist forces.

The Islamists had threatened to hold a demonstration on Friday to demand the document’s withdrawal.

The source also said Selmy met on Monday with Sami Annan, vice president of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, to discuss reservations on articles 9 and 10 of the document.

The source added that the document would be binding when the political forces agree to it, even if Islamist groups insisted on rejecting it.

For his part, Yousry Hammad, spokesman of the Salafi Nour Party, said secret talks took place between the Islamist forces and the military council over the document. He denied that the council threatened them against holding the demonstration.

Hammad accused the liberals and secularists of trying to drive a wedge between the Islamists and the council.

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