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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Egypt’s opposition is invited to discuss draft of the Constitution with Constituent Assembly

Egypt's Constituent Assembly

After the controversial first stage of Egypt’s historical Constitutional referendum the oppositional forces have been calling for the mass protests against the “rigged” voting and demanded the re-election as there were numerous violations documented during the referendum.

Egypt’s oppositional umbrella group National Salvation Front have called for the protests on Tuesday, 18 December, and thousands people have gathered to voice their demands and to protest the process of the referendum voting.

The Constituent Assembly which is tasked with the drafting of the future Egypt’s Constitution has invited today the National Salvation Front leaders and Egyptian opposition for the meeting to discuss some issues regarding the Constitutional draft and the referendum also.



I would like to share here Ahram Online article originally published here which reports about the possible meeting between the Constituent Assembly and the opposition if the invitation would be accepted.

Constituent Assembly asks for meeting with opposition on constitution

Opposition leaders Mohamed ElBaradei, Amr Moussa, Hamdeen Sabbahi and El-Sayed El-Badawi have been invited to discuss their objections to the draft constitution with members of the constitution-drafting assembly.

Ahram Online, Tuesday 18 Dec 2012

The High Authority of the Constituent Assembly has invited National Salvation Front leaders for a meeting to discuss their objections to the draft constitution and how to reach a national consensus.

The authority has invited Mohamed ElBaradei, founder of the Constitution Party; Sayed El-Badawi, head of the Wafd Party; Hamdeen Sabahi, leading member of the Egyptian Popular Current, and Amr Moussa, head of the Egyptian Conference Party.

The leaders of Egypt's National Salvation Front:
Hamdeen Sabbahy, Mohamed El Baradei, Amr Moussa
The meeting will take place on Friday, one day before the second phase of voting in the constitutional referendum.

The first phase of voting took place on Saturday in 10 governorates. Unofficial results show 56.5 per cent voted 'Yes'.

The remaining 17 governorates will vote on 22 December.

The National Salvation Front is the main opposition coalition formed after the draft constitution was approved by President Morsi on 1 December.

Headed by ElBaradei and former presidential candidates Hamdeen Sabbahi and Amr Moussa, the front called for a 'No' vote in the poll. The front has claimed 66 per cent voted 'No' in the referendum's first phase.