Liberals quit Egyptian assembly


A number of liberal politicians withdrew yesterday from the Islamist-dominated assembly drafting Egypt’s new constitution, saying they were not given the opportunity to discuss articles and their suggestions were being ignored.

The departure of at least 12 liberals from the 100-member assembly follows the resignation of five Christian delegates and eight out of 10 members of an advisory committee providing technical assistance over similar complaints.

Without a constitution, the country cannot hold elections to replace a parliament that a court declared void in June. – (Reuters)