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Egypt police clear protesters; constitution agreed

December 1, 2013 • World News


Egyptian security forces detain one of the protesters demonstrating against the government in Talaat Harb Square in Cairo on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. Police on Sunday used heavy tear gas to clear hundreds of supporters of Egypt’s ousted Islamist president from Cairo’s famed Tahrir Square shortly after they took over the plaza. (AP Photo/El Shorouk newspaper, Ahmed Abd El Latif) EGYPT OUT

CAIRO (AP) — Police fired tear gas to drive hundreds of supporters of Egypt’s ousted Islamist president from Cairo’s famed Tahrir Square on Sunday, as a panel tasked with amending the constitution adopted during his time in office agreed on changes to the text.

The 50-member panel revising the Islamist-tilted charter adopted under former President Mohammed Morsi managed to resolve its differences after two days of clause-by-clause voting on the final draft.

The text gives women and Christians “suitable representation” but says a future law must decide the details. It also calls for elections, either parliamentary or presidential, within 90 days after the draft constitution is adopted. The other election should be held up to six months later.

The new charter would require future presidents to declare their financial assets annually, and allows lawmakers to vote out an elected president and call for early elections if they have a two-thirds majority.

Members agreed that a contentious proposed article allowing military tribunals for civilians would be scaled back, allowing them only in case of direct attack on military personnel or assets.

Rights activists had previously objected to the military’s trial of some 10,000 civilians when it ran the country during the 17 months after Egypt’s 2011 revolt that ousted longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

The document is now to be handed over to interim President Adly Mansour, who Login to read more

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