Egypt's Wafd Party withdraws from constitution-writing committee

News article, posted 03.29.2012, from Egypt, in:
Egypt's Wafd Party withdraws from constitution-writing committee (Photo: Al-Masry Al-Youm)

The Wafd Party decided to withdraw from the constituent assembly following a joint meeting Tuesday for the party’s supreme authority and its parliamentary bloc.

Abdel Aziz al-Nahhas, the party’s assistant secretary general, said the decision was based on consensus between the two authorities.

Wafd withdrew because of the assembly makeup, which represents the parliamentary majority of Islamists but doesn’t conform to the principle that constitution writing should be based on consensus among all segments of society, not just the parliamentary majority, said Hossam al-Khouly, another assistant secretary general of the party.

Parliament elected four Wafd Party members to the committee tasked with writing the constitution: party chief Al-Sayed al-Badawy, parliamentary bloc leader Mahmoud al-Saqqa, People’s Assembly Deputy Speaker Mohamed Abdel Alim Dawoud, and party Assistant Secretary General Margaret Azer.


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