Nour Party nominates prominent Salafi preachers for constituent assembly

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Nour Party nominates prominent Salafi preachers for constituent assembly (Photo: Al-Masry Al-Youm)

The Nour Party will nominate prominent Salafi preachers Mohamed Hassan, Mohamed Ismail al-Muqaddem and Mostafa Helmy as members of the assembly that will write Egypt’s new constitution, the spokesperson of the party’s parliamentary committee, Ahmed Khalil, has said.

The Salafi-oriented party, which touts the application of Islamic law in the country’s upcoming constitution, occupies the second-largest share of parliamentary seats. The Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party holds the most seats.

According to the Constitutional Declaration, which has been governing Egypt since March 2011, Parliament should form a 100-member assembly to lay down the new constitution.

On Sunday, a joint session by both houses of Parliament ended a weeks-long controversy between Islamist and liberal parties about the representation of parliamentarians in the constituent assembly by reserving 50 percent of the assembly’s seats for MPs.

“The Nour Party will also nominate legal experts, such as constitutional law professor Mostafa Shbeita, and undersecretary of the Faculty of Law at Alexandria University Mohamed al-Bahy,” Khalil told Al-Masry Al-Youm.

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