Ayman Nour: Electoral promises hinder Constituent Assembly’s work

Ghad al-Thawra Party Head and Constituent Assembly member Ayman Nour said Friday that despite the current problems concerning a number of articles of the now drafted constitution, “This uncomfortable situation is not troublesome and does not call for withdrawal from the Constituent Assembly.”

Nour stressed the importance of continuing to draft the constitution for the sake of the public good.

During a meeting with members of his party in Alexandria Friday evening, he said that some of the problems faced by the assembly are due to electoral promises made by some factions to impose Sharia, one of the key sources of the dispute over the wording of Article 2 of the constitution.

Nour, however, stressed the need to pass a law against defamation of religion and the prophets.

He noted that the imposition of the phrase “when not against God’s law” in articles concerning women, for example, is against women's rights to be treated as Egyptian citizens without discrimination according to race or gender or religion.

Edited translation from MENA

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