Broad satisfaction over Egypt's Constituent Assembly deal

News article, posted 06.11.2012, from Egypt, in:
Broad satisfaction over Egypt's Constituent Assembly deal (Photo: AP)

Prominent political parties and figures expressed satisfaction at Thursday's agreement on the composition of the Constituent Assembly (CA) tasked with drafting Egypt's new constitution.

The drafting process had ground to a halt for two months due to disagreement on the assembly's membership.  

During a press conference Saturday, Parliament Speaker Saad El-Katatni thanked all parties who contributed to the CA agreement, seeing it as an assurance of a mutual understanding that would work in the favour of the people's needs following the January 25 Revolution.

The liberal Free Egyptians Party, known for its vocal criticism of Islamist groups, said Friday that the party was optimistic that a consensus had been reached over the assembly's membership.

The moderate Islamist Al-Wasat Party also expressed optimism over the final agreement, saying that such positive steps could help bring a patriotic presidential candidate to power in the face of the former regime.

Both Al-Wasat and the Egyptian Social Democratic Party praised the Reform and Development Party for giving up two per cent of its share in the CA — a move that helped overcoming negotiation difficulties.

The Egyptian Social Democratic Party added that its withdrawal, along with other liberal parties, from the CA, in protest at the attempts of Islamists to dominate the body, is what saved the assembly from being imbalanced.

Liberal and leftist members withdrew from the constitution-drafting assembly in March.

Parliamentarian Mostafa El-Naggar expressed his content with the final agreement on his Twitter account, describing the agreement as "fair" and a "break of light in the darkness."

Amr Moussa, who came fifth in the presidential election first round, said the outcome of the negotiations was a positive step.

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