Brotherhood lawyer: Constituent Assembly dissolution would ‘open gate to hell’

Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsoud, a Muslim Brotherhood lawyer, said that the Administrative Court would "open the gate to hell" in Egypt if it dissolved the Constituent Assembly tasked with drafting a new constitution.

The lawyer said in a telephone call to Akher al-Nahar talk show with presenter Khaled Salah, on privately-owned channel Al-Nahar, that if the Constituent Assembly were disbanded, no other Constituent Assembly would be able to complete the task of drafting a constitution. This is because, he said, it's work would be continuously interrupted by demands for its dissolution by a court.

Abdel Maqsoud said that those who have filed lawsuits against the Constituent Assembly are motivated by a desire to exclude the Muslim Brotherhood.

He pointed out that President Mohamed Morsy has the right to form a new Constituent Assembly if the current one were dissolved. "But we hope the assembly continues its work," he added.

The current Constituent Assembly was elected by the members of the People's Assembly and the Shura Council before the dissolution of the People's Assembly.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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