Constituent Assembly Body Selected Despite Protests

Today the People’s Assembly and the Shura Council completed the process of selecting the Constituent Assembly, the body responsible for writing a new constitution for Egypt. The 100-person body will be composed of equal parts legislators and outside individuals. Of the 50 legislators, 25 are from the Freedom and Justice Party, 11 from the Nour Party, and 14 are independents. The 50 outside members include civil society members representing a diversity of views.

The election of the Constituent Assembly came amid protests from the Egyptian Bloc. The liberal group withdrew from proceedings, accusing the Muslim Brotherhood of dominating the Constituent Assembly, creating an unrepresentative body. The Egyptian Bloc held 9% of the seats in the People’s Assembly