CAIRO — A key member of a panel drafting guidelines for Egypt's next constitution says most of the group's 50 members object to giving the military a future role in politics.

Legal expert Tahany el-Gibali said Wednesday that the principles will have enough guarantees to protect all Egyptians while also safeguarding the civilian character of the state.

Egypt's ruling generals are trying to enshrine a future role for themselves, possibly with the authority to intervene in politics.

The push appears to be driven by the military's fear of losing the near-autonomous power it has enjoyed for nearly 60 years.

A body of generals has been leading the country since an 18-day wave of protests ousted longtime leader Hosni Mubarak on Feb. 11.