CAIRO – 14 February 2019: Egypt's Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel Aal affirmed that Egypt is not a religious, military or secular state.
During a discussion with a number of parliament members affiliated to Al-Nour party, who expressed their concern regarding the term "civil" state, Abdel Aal explained that there is a significant difference between civil and secular.
Abdel Aal asserted that the main articles of the constitution which state clearly that Islam is the main source of legislation and the country’s first religion will not be affected or amended at all.
“’Civil’ is the opposite of religious and military. Our country's rulers were never military or religious,” Abdel Aal said, affirming that there are no intentions to change the constitution’s main articles.
On February 5, Egypt’s Parliament approved the constitution's draft amendments. The proposal was put forward by one fifth of all parliamentarians. Two thirds of the committee's members voted in favor of further discussing the proposal.
The statement released by the House of Representatives indicated the main principles that the amendments aim to accomplish and classified them into seven sections.
Parliament's general committee approves constitution's draft amendments
CAIRO – 5 February 2019: Egyptian Parliament's General Committee approved on Tuesday the proposal put forward by one fifth of all parliamentarians. Two thirds of the committee's members voted in favor of the proposal to be further discussed.