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Liberals walk out of a constitutional meeting again, alleging that Islamists are trying to take over the process
The AP reports that liberals have once again walked out of a meeting to decide who will be on the panel to write the Eygpt's new constitution:
Egyptian liberals have walked out of a meeting to select members of a panel to write the country's new constitution, charging that Islamists were trying to take seats allocated for secular parties.
The walkout on Sunday could throw the writing of the constitution, which would lay out the powers of the presidency, into further disarray at a time when uncertainties mar both the course of the presidential runoff election on June 16 and 17 and the legality of parliament.
The dispute was part of the continuous turmoil Egypt has undergone since last year's overthrow of longtime autocratic leader Hosni Mubarak.
Sunday's dispute followed a walkout earlier this year by liberals, joined by a representative of Egypt's premier Islamic institution, Al-Azhar, in protest at the Muslim Brotherhood and ultraconservative Salafists taking most of the seats during the first attempt to select the panel writing a new constitution.