Egypt’s constitution committee meets army Saturday

A committee amending Egypt's constitution before parliamentary and presidential elections will meet the military council running the country on Saturday to discuss the proposed amendments, one member told Reuters.

The 10-member committee will submit its final proposal on Thursday to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which it will meet on Saturday, at the end of the 10-day period it was given to draft the changes.

"The constitutional amendment committee will meet with the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces on Saturday to discuss the proposal, after which it will announce those amendments," Sobhi Saleh, the only Muslim Brotherhood member on the committee, told Reuters during the committee's final meeting.

"Anything said before that is guesswork," he said.

The key amendments will dismantle the legal mechanisms which kept Hosni Mubarak and his ruling party in power for 30 years until an 18-day uprising ousted him less than two weeks ago.

"The constitutional committee for amendments has not released any information about the proposal or the committee's achievements (so far)," legal adviser and committee member Hatem Begatu said, dismissing media reports about the amendments.

The military council running Egypt has promised to hold elections in six months. An army source told Reuters that before the elections, the constitutional amendments would be the subject of a public debate followed by a referendum.

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