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March 27, 2012 11:31 am

Egyptian Parties Leave Consitution Panel Over Muslim Brotherhood Influence

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Mohamed Badia -General Guide of Muslim Brotherhood, during opening ceremony of Alexandria Muslim Brotherhood main office. Photo: wiki commons.

Bloomberg – Some of Egypt’s leading secular parties and politicians quit a panel to draft a constitution, adding to tensions over the country’s political transition that have weakened the economy.

Among those who pulled out were the Free Egyptians, founded by billionaire Naguib Sawiris, the Egyptian Social Democrats, and prominent lawmakers including Mohamed Abu Hamed and Amr Hamzawy, the state-run Middle East News Agency reported today. They criticized what they said were attempts by the Muslim Brotherhood to monopolize selection of members, MENA said.

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