Ikhwanweb :: The Muslim Brotherhood Official English Website

Thu93 2020

Last update18:06 PM GMT

Back to Homepage
Font Size : 12 point 14 point 16 point 18 point
:: Arab Revolutions > EGYPT
Democracy, Between Faith and Practice, Words and Action
Democracy, Between Faith and Practice, Words and Action
Fateh Al-Bab says the Freedom and Justice Party is keen all Egyptians should be proud of the Constituent Assembly’s 100 members who will write the country’s new national charter.
Saturday, March 24,2012 13:50

Ali Fateh Al-Bab, President of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) parliamentary bloc in the Egyptian Shura Council, confirmed that parliament will elect, next Saturday, the 100-member committee which will draw up the constitution, noting that they are determined to reflect in this Assembly the wonderful diversity with which the Egyptian people are blessed throughout the homeland.

Fateh Al-Bab explained that the Constituent Assembly (CA) that will draft the new Charter is subject to Article 60 of the Constitutional Declaration. He added that some lawmakers demanded all CA members should be from within the Houses of Parliament (People's Assembly and Shura Council), while some felt that all CA members should be from outside of the two Chambers. Eventually, Parliament decided to reconcile opposing views by selecting half of the 100 members from parliament and the other half from outside.

The President of the FJP parliamentary bloc also said that the crisis surrounding the lawsuit brought by some political parties to halt the formation of the CA shows that there are still some people in Egypt who believe in democracy in a purely theoretical sense, using it in sound bites, words and logos only; but when the time comes for implementation, they reject it completely. Ultimately, Fateh Al-Bab pointed out, democracy means that when a party has the majority in parliament, that majority gives it certain authority which enables it to take decisive actions. Meanwhile, there are people who believe democracy means forbidding and preventing Islamists from taking any positions of power.

Moreover, Fateh Al-Bab said, "The people have spoken in very recent, free and fair elections, which resulted in this Parliament. Before casting their ballots to empower this parliament, voters – the Egyptian people – knew that it will have the power and authority to form the Constituent Assembly entrusted with the drafting of the new constitution.

"The Constitutional Declaration does not impose any restriction or condition on such authority given to the two Houses of Parliament; and therefore Parliament has the right to set terms and conditions that it deems valid and beneficial", Ali Fateh Al-Bab added.

tags: Freedom and Justice Party / FJP / Shura Council / Constitution / Islamists / People’s Assembly / Egyptian People / Constituent Assembly
Posted in EGYPT , FJP News  
Related Articles
Dr. Morsi: New Constitution to Safeguard Freedoms, Rights
Constituent Assembly Drafting Egyptian Constitution to Include 50% from Parliament, 50% from Outside Sources
MP Fateh Al-Bab: Christians Are Partners in Nation, Homeland, Parliament, Revolution, Constitution-Writing
Heshmat: Formation of Constituent Assembly Drafting Constitution March 24th
Katatni, Fahmi: Constitution to Safeguard Equality and Social Justice
Dr. Katatni Heads First Parliamentary Meeting on New Constitution
Abdel-Maksoud: Muslim Brotherhood Has Constitutional, Judicial and Popular Legitimacy
Morsi: Selection of Constituent Assembly Drafting Constitution Begins in March
Heshmat Rejects Foreign Interference in Drafting Constitution
Ashri: Parliament Elections Legal, Constitutional; Validity Doubts Unfounded
Katatni: New Constitution Must Be Consensual; Guarantees Equality
Al-Garf: New Constitution and Economy Top FJP Legislative Agenda
Morsi: All Factions Will Be Represented During Drafting of Constitution
Dr. El-Erian: No Special Status in Constitution Nor Immunity for Military
Muslim Brotherhood: Transferring Power from SCAF Should Take Place after Formation of Constitutional Bodies
Democratic Alliance Parties to Take Part in Nov 18 Protests Against Supra-Constitutional Document
Text of Selmi's Controversial Supra-Constitutional Principles, in English and Arabic
Jurists: Denying Egyptians Living Abroad Right to Vote Unconstitutional
Badie Calls On Egyptians to Practice Constitutional Right and Choose Their Representatives
Morsi: Selmi Amendments Postpone Constitution Drafting