CAIRO — A 50-member panel on Saturday began a bellwether vote on Egypt’s draft constitution, a process that should yield key clues about the country’s envisioned post-
The voting coincides with fresh political upheaval in the wake of a new law sharply restricting street protests. In recent days police have violently broken up demonstrations in the capital and elsewhere by both secular Egyptians and by Islamists supporting ousted President
Contentious provisions in the new draft constitution involve the role of Egypt's powerful military, the use of military tribunals to try civilians, and a ban on political parties founded on a religious basis. Article-by-article voting could take up to two days, and the document is then to be put to a nationwide referendum.
The interim government has pledged to hold parliamentary and presidential elections in the coming year. U.S. Secretary of State