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Egypt Islamists hurriedly approve new constitution

1:21 AM, Nov 30, 2012   |    comments
Egypt President Mohammed Morsi
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CAIRO (AP) -- An Islamist-dominated panel has approved a draft constitution for Egypt without the participation of liberal and Christian members.

Members finished voting on all 234 articles individually, passing all largely by consensus, in a marathon 16-hour session that ended just after sunrise Friday.

The panel's rushed passage of the charter before a court ruling Sunday that could dissolve their panel is likely to further inflame a clash between Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and he largely secular opposition. The draft now goes to Morsi, who is expected to call for a referendum within 30 days.

The move advances a charter with an Islamist bent that rights experts say could give Muslim clerics oversight over legislation and bring restrictions on freedom of speech, women's rights and other liberties.

Associated Press

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