Arab Spring

Approval Pending on Draft Egyptian Constitution

Which seems to be missing civil-liberties protections

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The constituent assembly tasked with drafting Egypt's post-revolution constitution was expected to pass its draft document on Thursday as the country continued to reel from a presidential decree that gave the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi extraordinary powers.

The contentious assembly, plagued with walkouts from minority groups and liberal voices opposed to the Islamist domination of the constitution, soldiered on regardless with the absent members replaced and voting commencing on the document article by article.