By Mahitab Assran
The Salafi Al-Nour party opposes the idea of permanently suspending the 2012 constitution and drafting a new one, according to Nadder Bakkar, the spokesman of the party.
Bakkar said the party is open to negotiation and changes in all areas and articles in the constitution, with the exception of the first, whichexplainsthe country’s “identity”.
“This was agreed upon with the Ministerof Defence Abdul Fatah Al-Sisi, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar and interim president Adly Mansour when setting the roadmap,” Bakkar said.
Bakkar added that the party will assess and determine its position on the Legal ExpertsCommittee,appointed by Mansour to look into amending the 2012 constitution, depending on the assembly’s performance. “The party is sceptical of anyone who is appointed as opposed to anyone who is elected,” he said.
The December 2012 constitution was criticised by many; after the 30 June protests, the interim president along with the Minister of Defence suspended it, and appointed a 10-member committee of legal experts to propose amendments to the 2012 constitution, to be put to a general referendum in the coming months.