People’s Assembly Speaker Saad al-Katatny on Sunday announced the names of the 100 members of the constituent assembly elected by Parliament to write Egypt’s new constitution.
Half of the members of the constitution-writing assembly have been elected from Parliament’s upper and lower houses and the remaining half from outside it.
Katatny made the announcement following a joint meeting of members of Parliament at the International Conference Center in Nasr City, Cairo.
Mostafa Bakry, who supervised the vote-counting process, said the election was conducted in a quiet atmosphere and was characterized by integrity.
The most notable winners from inside Parliament include:
Saad al-Katatny, the People’s Assembly speaker
Mahmoud al-Khodairy, head of the People’s Assembly Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee
Mohamed Abdel Alim Dawoud and Ashraf Thabet, the People’s Assembly deputy speakers
Essam Sultan, head of the Wasat Party
Hussein Mohamed Ibrahim, majority bloc leader
Amr al-Shobaky, an independent MP
Essam al-Erian, prominent member of the Freedom and Justice Party
Waheed Abdel Maguid, leader of the Democratic Alliance led by the Muslim Brotherhood
Amr Hamzawy, an independent MP
Members elected to the assembly from outside Parliament include:
Nasr Farid Wassel, former grand mufti
Mohamed Emara, Islamic thinker
Hossam al-Gheriany, head of the Supreme Judicial Council
Farouk Gouida, a poet
Sameh Ashour, Lawyers Syndicate chief
Moataz Abdel Fattah, a political science professor
Nader Bakkar, spokesperson for the Salafi Nour Party
Abdel Hady al-Qassaby, head of the Supreme Council of Sufi Orders
Mamdouh al-Waly, head of the Journalists Syndicate
Ashraf Abdel Ghafour, an artist
Ahmed Harara, a political activist
“This is a historic day for Egypt. We have taken the first step on the road to writing the constitution,” Katatny said. “Since the first day, we have pledged not to be biased to a certain opinion. We will not accept giving up on democracy and popular participation.”
He said the constituent assembly’s first meeting will be held on 28 March at 10 am at the People’s Assembly.
Parliament members from the Free Egyptians Party, the Revolution Continues Coalition and the Egyptian Social Democratic Party abandoned talks Saturday about the selection of the 100 members of the constituent assembly that will draft a new constitution. Liberal and secular powers had generally expressed fears that Parliament’s Islamist majority would dominate the assembly.
Meanwhile, dozens of demonstrators, including several high-profile figures, protested Saturday against the composition of the assembly. Protesters demanded an assembly representative of all segments of society.
Translated from Al-Masry Al-Youm