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New Egypt constitution to enshrine independence of military

By Heba Saleh in Cairo, The Financial Times,  December 2, 2013

Egypt’s new draft constitution, approved by a 50-member assembly on Sunday night, will enshrine the freedom of the army from civilian oversight and give the military the final say over who is defence minister, as well as watering down many of the religious provisions in an earlier and now-obsolete version drafted by an Islamist-dominated panel. “The position on rights, and especially socioeconomic rights, is better than last year’s constitution but there are no mechanisms to have them enforced, “ said Zaid al-Ali, an expert with the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, an intergovernmental organisation. “The system is imperfect from the start . . . you could only take [reforms] so far without changing the system completely and [the constituent assembly] did not want to do that.”

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