Diplomatic Club denounces discarding its constituent assembly nominees

The Egyptian Diplomatic Club, in its capacity as representative of all diplomats of the Foreign Ministry, denounced on Tuesday the discarding of the seven ambassadors it had nominated for the Constituent Assembly.

The Freedom and Justice Party, which enjoys the parliamentary majority, chose Ambassador Mohamed Refaa al-Tahtawy for the Assembly, although he was not among the nominees.

“We will file a complaint with Parliament,” the club head, Assistant Foreign Minister for African Affairs Ambassador Mona Omar said.

Liberal and leftist members of the assembly drafting a new constitution resigned Tuesday, saying Islamists dominate the body and that Christians and women are under-represented. The liberals vowed to draft an alternate constitution.

The Islamists secured a major say in the constituent assembly's composition thanks to their strong position in Parliament after the Muslim Brotherhood and the more hard-line Nour Party won around 70 percent of seats in recent elections.

Translated from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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