The Continued Difficulties of the Egyptian Transition
Via the BBC: Egypt court suspends constitutional assembly
A court in Egypt has suspended the 100-member assembly appointed last month to draft the country’s new constitution.
Several lawsuits had demanded Cairo’s Administrative Court block the decision to form the panel as it did not reflect the diversity of Egyptian society.
They said women, young people and minorities were under-represented.
Islamists from the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party and the Salafist Nour party, which dominate parliament, have a near-majority.
Liberals and secularists fear some of them would like to amend the constitution so that it follows the principles of Islamic law more strictly.
The new document will also determine the rights of Egypt’s religious and ethnic minority groups and the balance of power between the president – previously the supreme authority – and parliament.
As a generic proposition the issue of representativeness is a legitimate one. A question here appears to be the legal standing of the court to issue such an order.
Once completed, the new draft constitution is to be submitted to the public as a referendum.