K.S. Rajan (22 Nov 2011)
"report by BILL KOENIG"


 
 

  
 


Islamists from the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's most powerful political group, as well as political parties representing the ultra-conservative Salafi school of Islam marched on Tahrir Square on Friday to demand that a set of "constitutional principles" proposed by the interim government be retracted.
The Islamists, as well as some demonstrators from secular-minded pro-democracy groups such as the April 6th Youth Movement and the Revolutionary Youth Coalition, complained that the proposals are undemocratic because they would place the military budget and operations beyond the purview of democratic institutions.
The principles would also give the ruling council of generals final say over the constitutional drafting process and allow it to choose 80% of the constituent assembly that will write the founding document.