Committee of Ten to Begin Work | Abdullah II Arrives in Cairo

July 20, 2013 . By
Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour | Reuters
Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour | Reuters

The committee of ten experts appointed to draw up amendments for the suspended 2012 constitution were instructed to begin their work on Sunday. The committee consists of four law professors and six judges and is the first step of a two-step amendment process detailed by the transitional roadmap.

Jordan’s King Abdullah II, the first Arab leader to visit Egypt since Morsi’s ouster, arrived in Cairo to talk with a range of Egyptian officials, including interim President Mansour, Defense Minister El-Sisi, and Vice-President El-Baradei. The Egyptian Presidency released a statement noting that Abdullah supported the “national choices” made by Egyptians.

Arrest warrants were issued for several leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, many of whom already were wanted for prior charges. The new warrants stem from potential acts of incitement during clashes on July 15. Those sought for arrest include Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie; Deputy Head of the Freedom and Justice Party Essam El Erian; former MP Mohamed El Beltagy; prominent preacher Safwat Hegazy; and former MP Assem Abdel Maged.

The offices of Al-Alam, an Arabic-language Iranian satellite television channel, were raided by security forces in Cairo.