Constitution will not be rushed: Moussa

Constitution will not be rushed: Moussa

Constituent Assembly Chairman Amr Moussa  (AFP Photo)

Constituent Assembly Chairman Amr Moussa
(AFP Photo)

The constitutional amendments will not be rushed, despite a short two-month timeframe, said Constituent Assembly Chairman Amr Moussa in a Tuesday interview on CBC’s Behedoo’  talk show.

Moussa added that the assembly can ask to extend this time period if the amendments are not finished. The assembly’s mission, he emphasised, is to amend the 2012 constitution, yet the result will be a “constitutional document with new articles” which will “displace private interests in favour of national interests.”

Moussa said that the Constituent Assembly will not isolate itself, but will communicate with many political and societal factions regarding the amendments. He also revealed that the assembly had asked the Muslim Brotherhood to participate in its meeting, an offer which was refused by the Brotherhood. Moussa added that Al-Nour Party “has enough political flexibility” to participate in the assembly.

Commenting on the political situation in Egypt, Moussa said that the “Egyptian mood” would tend to support Defence Minister Colonel General Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi, for the presidency, adding that “if the elections are held [today] or during the current time frame, Al-Sisi would probably win.”

Moussa announced that he does not “have the desire to nominate himself for the presidency.”

Moussa, a former presidential candidate, also served as foreign affairs minister from 1991 to 2001 under former President Hosni Mubarak, and secretary general for The Arab League from 2001 to 2011. Moussa was elected as president of the Constituent Assembly responsible for amending the 2012 constitution during the group’s first meeting last Sunday.

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