Top Salafist leader says to call for 'NO' vote on revised charter

Deputy leader of the Salafist Call Yasser Borhami has threatened to call for a "NO" vote on proposed constitutional amendments in the case of the abolishing of an explanatory article on sharia.

Top Salafist leader says to call for 'NO' vote on revised charter

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Deputy leader of the Salafist Call Yasser Borhami has threatened to call for a "NO" vote on proposed constitutional amendments in the case of the abolishing of an explanatory article on sharia.

"The abolition of article 129 is still a proposal, but if it's approved, we will urge voters to vote against the amendments," Borhami said in a statement on Friday.

A 10-member panel has finalized proposed amendments to Egypt's constitution, which was suspended by the army after the July 3 ouster of elected President Mohamed Morsi.

Among the proposed changes is the maintainance of article 2, which 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."

But the panel has proposed cancelling article 129, which describes the "principles of sharia" as all proofs, jurisprudential bases and sources agreed upon by the schools of Ahlu Sunnah and Gamaa.

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

Under the roadmap for the post-Morsi transition, the constitution was suspended and Adly Mansour, the head of the constitutional court, was installed interim president.

Borhami said that the "constitution battle has not been decided yet."

He argued that there are many groups fighting over the constitution, "including radical secular groups hateful of Islam, and other secular powers which accept co-existence and accept the general principles of the religion, but do not understand the comprehensiveness of the religion."

Borhami said the Egyptian army is part of the nationalist school which "sees religion a part of the character, but is overwhelmed by love for the homeland".

Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Ağustos 2013, 15:46
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