Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Egypt Forms Committee to Retool Constitution

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Egypt Forms Committee to Retool Constitution

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CAIRO * Egypt's interim president selected a team of legal experts Saturday to rewrite controversial portions of the Islamist- drafted constitution, as the military-backed leadership moved quickly to try to capitalize on the ouster of the country's first freely elected leader.

While supporters of former President Mohammed Morsi still protest in the streets, Egypt's new prime minister called for the participation of all political groups. But Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood officially has refused to negotiate with the new government, saying it is open for talks only after he is reinstated.

The persistent protest and clashes, however, continue to rock hope for stability in the country.

Moves to amend the constitution are the latest push by the country's new leadership to move ahead with a military-backed timetable for a return to democratic rule to Egypt. The drafting of Egypt's constitution was one of the most divisive issues that came to characterize Morsi's first and only year in office. …

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