Egyptian Constitution Completion Is Step Towards Economic Progress

         Cairo, 18 Muharram 1434/02 December 2012 (EI/MINA) – Prime Minister Hesham Qandil  has said he considered the completion of drafting the constitution as a major step to achieve “economic take-off.”

       In a post on his Facebook page, Qandil called on citizens to read the articles of the constitution so that they could vote on them in accordance with the interest of the state, and thanked the Constituent Assembly for their efforts over the past six months in drafting the document.

     The draft constitution, which will soon be put up for a public referendum, would be a big step towards the stabilization of the political situation in Egypt, according to Qandil, who added that this in turn would contribute to economic progress and the revolution’s social justice goals.

      President Mohamed Morsy will Saturday at 7 pm with members of the Constituent Assembly at the conference hall in Nasr City to receive the new draft constitution, which the assembly voted on Friday morning.

      Yusuf al-Qaradawi, head of the International Union for Muslim Scholars, has praised the new draft constitution, saying “it provides for all Egyptians’ needs and that the people will be the final ones to approve or disapprove it.”

     “Egypt has never seen such constitution, neither under the royal era or the revolution,” Qaradawi posted on Twitter as quoted by Egypt Independent, Saturday night (01/12) Cairo time.

      The constitution, according to Qaradawi, “includes principles and values needed by Egyptians. Even if it contains shortcomings, they could be [addressed] later.”

      He also addressed those who withdrew from the Constituent Assembly, saying, “You should not have withdrawn. It’s your right to express your opinions freely.” (T/R-022/R-006)

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