Egypt's Wednesday Papers: Constituent Assembly wild success, dramatic failure

News article, posted 06.14.2012, from Egypt, in:
Noha El-Hennawy
Egypt's Wednesday Papers: Constituent Assembly wild success, dramatic failure (Photo: Al-Masry Al-Youm)

News about the Constituent Assembly tasked with writing Egypt’s post-Hosni Mubarak constitution makes headlines in all of Wednesday’s papers. Yet, each daily has a different take on the matter. While state-owned Al-Ahram and the Muslim Brotherhood’s mouthpiece celebrate the election of the assembly as a success story reflective of a larger consensus among political parties, privately-owned Al-Tahrir stress the stir elicited by the body's make-up.

The Freedom and Justice paper, named after the Muslim Brotherhood’s political party, leads with “The people write Egypt’s post-revolution constitution.” The paper says 85 percent of MPs have reached a consensus over the assembly —  in an oblique attempt to undermine the significance of the withdrawal of more than 50 lawmakers from the parliament session Tuesday when the 100-member panel was chosen. Withdrawing lawmakers claimed that the Brotherhood seeks to dominate the assembly.

To refute this claim, the party paper quotes MPs who dismissed any boycott as an attempt to halt constitution writing. Farid al-Ismail, the vice president of the People’s Assembly Defense and National Security Committee is quoted as saying that the Brotherhood made a lot of concessions but secular forces kept coming with new demands. Nader Bakkar, the spokesman of the Salafi-oriented Nour Party, accused secular parties of “making up problems,” according to Freedom and Justice.

Al-Ahram leads with a headline that also undermines concerns about the assembly: “The full success of the consensual list of candidates in the Constituent Assembly elections.”


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