Egypt's top court criticizes draft constitution

By Maggie Michael

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 16 2012 9:41 a.m. MDT

The constitutional panel has pushed forward with its work, despite a slew of legal challenges to its mandate and its composition. Egypt's High Administrative Court was to rule later Tuesday on whether to disband the panel for the second time.

The first constitutional assembly was formed earlier this year, but liberals boycotted it because of what they said was an attempt by the Brotherhood to pack the body with Islamists. In April, a court disbanded that panel for including lawmakers among members, saying it constituted a conflict of interest.

In June, the current panel was formed but liberals challenged it against with more than 40 appeals, citing the fact that some members of the panel have been appointed in government positions.

If the current panel is also dissolved, Morsi holds the power to appoint a new panel replacing it.

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