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Egyptian panel finalizes, approves constitution
 
Egypt's disbanded parliament meets Tuesday, intensifying tensions between the military and President Mohamed Morsi.
Egypt's disbanded parliament meets Tuesday, intensifying tensions between the military and President Mohamed Morsi.
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After a marathon 19-hour session, an Islamist-led assembly approved a final draft of Egypt's new constitution. President Mohamed Morsi is expected to sign the document on Saturday, then put it up to a vote by the Egyptian people as soon as mid-December. Morsi said he will give up his newly claimed sweeping powers as soon as a new constitution is adopted. The draft constitution limits presidents to two four-year terms in office, strengthens the parliament, and adds limited oversight of Egypt's powerful military. Secular and Christian representatives walked out of the assembly before the vote, complaining about ambiguities and sloppy language resulting from the rushed drafting process.

 

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