The assembly writing Egypt's new constitution prepared to hold a vote on the draft document on Thursday, as protests against President Mohamed Morsi entered a seventh day. Morsi granted himself sweeping powers last week, in part to prevent the courts from dissolving the Islamist-dominated panel, which is being boycotted by Christians and liberals. Morsi has extended the deadline for the adoption of a constitution from December to February, but leaders of the assembly decided to rush to finish their draft after the constitutional court suggested that it would rule on Sunday on whether to dissolve the assembly. Opposition leaders said the approval of a constitution now would only deepen the political crisis that erupted when Morsi issued a decree last week barring the courts from challenging his actions.
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- What is driving the increasingly weird behavior of the polar jet stream?
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- Christians have no moral rationale for spanking their children
- How our botched understanding of 'science' ruins everything
- The science of sex: 4 harsh truths about dating and mating
- 6 things the happiest families all have in common
- Should you hope to die at 75? Absolutely not.
- Why America should team up with Bashar al-Assad's regime
- Stop hating on cyclists
Subscribe to the Week