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Egyptian constitutional panel meets to amend charter

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A panel charged with amending Egypt‘s constitution is meeting on Sunday at Cairo's parliament building to propose changes to the document.

The state’s official news agency MENA said a board made up of ten legal experts and senior judges are expected to propose changes to the constitution drafted last year by an Islamist-dominated assembly and passed in a referendum under ousted President Mohammad Mursi.

Interim President Adly Mansour, installed after Mursi’s overthrow, announced the panel’s formation on Saturday.

According to a military-backed timetable for a return to democratic rule to Egypt, the panel has 30 days to suggest amendments.

A second committee made up of 50 members will have 60 days to deliver a final draft to be put before citizens to vote for its adoption in a referendum.

The constitution was suspended following Mursi’s ouster on July 3. It was drawn up by a panel dominated by Islamists and boycotted by liberals and Christians, who said it failed to protect human rights and freedoms.

(With Reuters and the Associated Press)