CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian liberals walked out of a meeting Sunday 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 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 16-17 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. Protesters have been killed in battles with the military, an Islamist-majority parliament elected last year has upset liberals concerned about Egypt's civil state and the first round of presidential elections pushed two of the most divisive candidates into the runoff.
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