Islamic Party Rejects Call to Include 'Democratic,' 'Civil' in New Egypt Constitution

The The Salafi Al-Nour Party Also Wants to Outlaw Music in Egypt

The Salafi Al-Nour, a hardline Islamic Party, rejected referring to the Egyptian state as "civil" in the country's new constitution, which is currently being amended.

Salah Abdel Maaboud, the 50-member party's representative, said that his party refuses to include the words "civil" and "democratic" in the first article of the new constitution.

The Nour party representatives had refused to stand up during the national anthem and at the committee's opening session claiming that saluting the flag has nothing to do with Islam, as well as being in conflict with their desire to outlaw music.

In an interview with the Kuwaiti Al-Ra'i newspaper, Maaboud said, "The party supports the continuity of the Shura Council as a secondary legislative room, like most other countries, due to its ability to replace parliament, should there not be one."

"The party supports the list system, with regards to the coming parliamentary elections," he added. "Which will lead to a wide variety of both parties and community groups in the coming parliament. As for workers and peasants, the matter is still under discussion within the committee, and a decision is yet to be made."

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