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Political factions air concerns over 50-member constitutional committee

Al-Nour party denies its decision regarding its participation

Al-Nour has a responsibility to the nation to participate in national dialogue. (Photo : Public Domain)
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Political parties have recently expressed their discontent with their representation in relation to the upcoming 50-member committee.

17 civil society and human rights movements relating to women’s rights have said that the 50-member committee standards provide an “unfair representation of women” despite it being stated in article 29 of the presidential constitutional declaration “that 10 members have to be representatives of youth and women.”

The statement continued: “Although the constitutional declaration itself was unfair and shocking with respect to the representation of women’s the decision came more unfavourable in the composition standards of the committee, where women were completely omitted of any representation and were not mentioned except in regards to the National Council for Women.”

A constitutional decree was released by interim president Adly Mansour on 8 July, wherein article 29 stipulated that after the 10 member committee completes its constitutional proposals, a 50 member committee will be decided upon by the presidency after being assigned the legislation of the constitution. The committee was then detailed in a presidential statement released on 7 August. Female representation was assigned specifically to the National Council of Women.

State-run Al-Ahram previously reported that Al-Nour Party has contributed five members to the committee, while Abdallah Badran, head of Al-Nour’s parliamentary institution, explained in a statement that the party “has yet to determine its final stance regarding their inclusion in the 50 member committee,” saying that the subject is “still under review.”

Al Nour has previously expressed its “discontent” with the proposals for the constitutional amendments and has called the deletion of article 219, which assures the Islamic character of the state, a “breach of the roadmap.”

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