1. Egypt

    Morsi: Decree Ends With Constitution

    Members of Egypt's constituent assembly discuss of the last voting session on a new draft constitution at the Shoura Assembly on November 29, 2012 in Cairo. The assembly retained today the principles of Islamic law as the main source of law, as it rushed through the approval process over objections from an opposition that argues more time is needed. It also agreed a clause stating that the principles of Christian and Jewish legal traditions would guide the personal and religious affairs of people belonging to those faiths. The vote comes amid accusations that the Islamist-dominated panel is railroading the charter through and protests over President Mohamed Morsi's assumption of sweeping powers, which has plunged the country into its worse crisis since Morsi took office in June.  AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA        (Photo credit should read GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi said on Friday that his controversial decree that greatly extended his power would end “as soon as the people vote on a Constitution,” adding that the decree was “for an exceptional stage.” Morsi’s comments came as the Islamist-led assembly approved a new Constitution. But opposition protesters said that the assembly “does not represent all sections of society,” since many liberals and other moderate voices had withdrawn from the assembly. Protesters vowed to push for a “no” vote in a referendum. The new Constitution draft limits presidents to two terms and allows for some civilian oversight of the military—but it maintains “the principles of sharia” as the main source of legislation, and critics are worried about the rights of women and freedom of speech.

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