CAIRO (MCT) — Deputy Prime Minister Ali Selmi held talks with representatives of Egypt’s Democratic Coalition on Tuesday in an attempt to contain anger over proposals that would give the military increased power over the country’s soon-to-be elected Parliament.
The proposals on the drafting of a new constitution have caused a nationwide uproar.
They include articles that would guarantee the secrecy of the military’s budget and grant the ruling Supreme Council of Armed Forces the right to choose 80 percent of the constitutional committee’s members, as well as the right to veto any articles before the document goes to a national referendum.
The proposals would allow the military to become “guardian” of the constitution, fueling fears that the military council, which has ruled the country since the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak in February, is plotting to have a bigger political role.
The articles have infuriated liberals and Islamists alike and have increased tensions leading up to the first round of parliamentary elections, which begin Nov. 28.
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