José María Beneyto (Spain, EPP/CD), who is currently in Cairo to prepare a report for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on political transition in Egypt, has welcomed the approval – and presentation to the interim President today – of a new draft constitution prepared by the 50-member Constituent Assembly, containing 42 new articles.
“This is a first step towards strengthening the rule of law and reinforcing fundamental rights in Egypt, including social rights and gender equality rights, and combating discrimination,” said Mr Beneyto. “This draft should be put to a referendum within a month, in line with the political road-map set out in early July, which also provides for parliamentary and presidential elections by next year.”
The PACE rapporteur met yesterday with Egypt’s Foreign Minister, and the Strategic Adviser to the President of the Republic. He will also meet the heads of different political parties in the country, as well as the Grand Mufti of the Republic Shawky Allam, and the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church His Holiness Pope Tawadros II.