Egypt unveils new constitution panel

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Morsi (portrait) take part in a demonstration in Hilwan, south of Cairo, on August 30, 2013.

Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour has appointed a constituent assembly to review proposed amendments to the countryâ„¢s constitution.

On Sunday, Mansour’s spokesman Ehab al-Badaoui read out the names of the 50 members of the new assembly at a press conference in the capital Cairo.

The 50-member panel is tasked with reviewing the amendments that will remove articles brought in by the Muslim Brotherhood when ousted President Mohamed Morsi was in power.

The proposed changes will also lift a ban on some officials who served during the reign of ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak, allowing them to assume public office.

Drawn up by a 10-member Å“committee of experts” appointed by decree, the draft of the constitution preserves the privileged status of the Egyptian army.

The panel should submit a final version of the revised constitution within 60 days to the interim president, who in turn has 30 days to announce the date of a referendum on the charter.

The North African country is able to hold parliamentary and presidential elections only once the constitution is approved in the referendum.

The head of the Egyptian armed forces, General Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, pushed aside Morsi on July 3, and declared that the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mansour, had been appointed as the new interim president of Egypt.

The army also suspended the constitution and dissolved the parliament.

The government of army-appointed Mansour has launched a bloody crackdown on Morsi supporters and arrested more than 2,000 Brotherhood members, including the partyâ„¢s supreme leader, Mohamed Badie, who was detained on August 20.

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Republished from: Press TV