Govt nominates justice minister, police official for Constituent Assembly

The government has chosen a minister and top police general to represent it in the committee tasked with writing Egypt's new constitution.

Adel Abdel Hamid, the justice minister, and Emad Eddin Hussein Abdallah, assistant to the interior minister and former head of the Police Academy, will represent the government, according to Planning and International Cooperation Minister Fayza Abouelnaga.

On Tuesday, MPs from both chambers of Parliament are set to elect a Constituent Assembly for the second time.

Disagreement over the makeup of the constitutional committee has delayed its formation since April, after a court ordered the previous iteration of the Constituent Assembly dissolved for its failure to accurately represent Egypt's diverse society. Opponents had charged that the body was dominated by Islamists, who currently control about 70 percent of Parliament.

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