Egypt parliament begins joint session

Ruling military council asks legislators to name 100-member group to draft new constitution.

    Egypt's newly elected parliament is planning to sit in a joint session for the first time in order to appoint a constitutional committee.
    The ruling military council has asked parliament to on Saturday draw up a list of 100 people who will be on the committee that will draft the country's new constitution.

    Al Jazeera's Mike Hanna, reporting from Cairo, said:"This gathering has been called for by the ruling military supreme council. Normally it would be addressed by the sitting president, but the presidential elections is still to take place.

    "In the void of executive power, it is the military that will continue to rule and the big question over the next days during the sitting is what influence will the military seek in the drawing of the constitution."

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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