Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Proposal Would Ban Politics On Religious Basis In Egypt

MWC News yesterday reported that proposed amendments to Egypt's Constitution will ban political activities based "on any religious reference or basis". The amendments are aimed at limiting the power of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood. Currently Egypt prohibits the Muslim Brotherhood from forming a political party, but Brotherhood members can-- and do-- run as independents for Parliament. If enough Brotherhood members win seats in Parliament and local councils, they could run a presidential candidate.