Egypt parliamentary committee rejects SCAF criteria for constituent assembly

News article, posted 05.02.2012, from Egypt, in:
Egypt parliamentary committee rejects SCAF criteria for constituent assembly (Photo: Reuters)

A parliamentary committee has rejected the agreement reached Saturday by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and political party representatives, which put in place six main criteria for choosing members of Egypt's constitution-drafting assembly.

Mahmoud El-Khodeiry, head parliament's legislative and constitutional committee, described the agreement as an infringement upon the authority of parliament to freely choose members of the constituent assembly responsible for drafting Egypt's new constitution as dictated by article 60 of the constitutional declaration.  

Earlier this month, parliament's speaker Mohamed Saad El-Katatni commissioned the committee to define the criteria for selecting members of the constituent assembly.     

However, the SCAF met with political parties on Saturday and agreed upon six main criteria by which the constituent assembly would be formed.

In response, El-Khodeiry stated that he was frustrated with how it was taken for granted that these criteria had already been agreed upon without his committee being notified. He added that had the criteria agreed upon in Saturday's meeting been sent to the committee they would have been discussed and incorporated with the committee's suggestions.

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