November 23, 2014
CAIRO (AP) - The spokesman for a panel tasked with amending Egypt's Islamist-backed constitution says it will complete its work by early November.
The spokesman, Mohammed Salmawy, says committees have approved about a third of the charter, mostly non-controversial clauses on basic freedoms.
The panel was appointed by interim President Adly Mansour, who succeeded Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi after the latter's ouster in a popularly backed coup in July.
The new charter will replace one adopted in a referendum in December after an Islamist-dominated panel approved it in an all-night session. That constitution is widely seen to place restrictions on freedoms of expression and to give clerics a say over legislation.
The adoption of a new constitution or amendments to the charter adopted last year will be followed by parliamentary and presidential elections.
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