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Egypt’s Moussa calls for dialogue on constitution changes

Sunday 10 February 2019 04:05 PM

Amr Moussa
Amr Moussa

Former foreign minister and presidential candidate Amr Moussa has called for national dialogue on proposed amendments to Egypt’s constitution.

“I call for a wide national dialogue on the amendments,” Moussa said in a statement on Saturday.

He said all opinions should be heard “to enrich the political life in the country and guarantee credibility to the amendments”.

Moussa, a former Arab League Secretary-General, was the chairman of a panel that drafted Egypt’s current constitution in 2014.

On Sunday, the Support Egypt Coalition, the country’s largest parliamentary bloc, lodged an official request with the parliament to amend the country’s national charter.

Supporters of Egypt’s regime have expressed support for the move, which, they say, would contribute to the country’s “stability”.

Opponents of the move, by contrast, including many journalists, say the proposed changes — if implemented — would “set the country back years”.