On March 30, 2011, the Egyptian Supreme Council of the Armed Forces unveiled an interim constitution allowing the council to retain control over the country until an elected government is installed. The Council had suspended the country's previous constitution in February 2011 and took over administration of Egypt's government following widespread protests that forced President Hosni Mubarak's resignation. Currently, the newly elected parliament is debating who will populate the 100-member panel that has been slated to draft a new, permanent constitution. The ruling Freedom and Justice Party argues there should be 40 members of parliament and 60 legal experts on the panel, while opposition parties have argued for greater representation of minority groups.
Egyptian coat of arms
Learn more about Egypt and the country's emergency laws from the JURIST news archive and read commentary on the political stability of Egypt from JURIST Guest Columnist Shafiq Jamoos in Hotline.
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