Egypt's Nour Party criticized removal of article on sharia

The Salafist criticized the removal of an explanatory article on sharia in the proposed constitution, describing the move as a breach of the army-imposed roadmap

Egypt's Nour Party criticized removal of article on sharia

World Bulletin/News Desk

The Salafist Nour Party has criticized the removal of an explanatory article on sharia in the proposed constitution, describing the move as a breach of the army-imposed roadmap for Egypt’s transition.

"The removal of Article 129 will make many believe that the June 30 protests were against the Islamic identity," party spokesman Sherif Taha said in a press release on Wednesday.

The powerful army has announced a roadmap for Egypt’s transition after the July 3 ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi after mass protests against him.

Under the roadmap, the constitution was suspended and Adly Mansour, the head of the constitutional court, was installed interim president.

On Tuesday, a panel tasked with proposing amendments to the suspended charter finalized the changes.

Presidential adviser for constitutional affairs, Ali Awad, said that Egypt’s system of government in the proposed constitution will be semi-parliamentary.

In exclusive statements to the Anadolu Agency, Awad said the party with a parliamentary majority will form the government, while executive powers will be divided between the president and prime minister.

Article 2 and 3 of the suspended constitution will remain in the revised charter, while Article 129 will be abolished, Awad said.

Article 2 of the suspended constitution states that "Islam is the religion of the state, Arabic is the official language and the principles of Sharia are the main source of legislation."

Article 3 also states that personal and religious affairs of Christians and Jews are governed by their laws.

Article 129 describes the "principles of Sharia" as all proofs, jurisprudential bases and sources agreed by the schools of Ahlu Sunnah and Gamaa.

Taha, the Nour party spokesperson, said that Article 129 has been drafted by Al-Azhar, not Islamist parties.

"The Islamic identity is not the cause of a certain party, but the whole Egyptian people," he added.

The spokesperson went on to say that the article has been drafted to explain the exact meaning of sharia.

"It was meant to avoid any wrong explanation of sharia," he added.

Omar al-Maki, assistant leader of Nour Party for foreign affairs, also rejected the article's removal.

"Nour Party will not abandon the articles of identity, rights and freedoms," he said, adding that the party could hold rallies to explain its views.

In case of insistence on abolishing the article, al-Maki said "we will urge voters to reject the constitutional amendments if efforts (aimed at keeping the article) failed," he said.

Sources said that deputy leader of the Salafist Call Yasser Borhami has threatened to take to the streets in case Article 129 is abolished.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Ağustos 2013, 09:31
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