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Egypt’s Islamists push for Sharia-based statute
Gulf News ^ | 11-9-2012 | Ramadan Al Sherbini

Posted on 11/09/2012 9:48:33 AM PST by ExxonPatrolUs

Cairo: Hundreds of Islamists, coming from different areas of Egypt, on Friday congregated in Tahrir Square in Cairo, demanding that the new constitution be based on Sharia.

"The people want the application of God’s Sharia,” chanted the demonstrators, mainly from the radical Islamists or Salafists.

They were joined by others who marched from mosques around Cairo, holding placards reading: “Islam is coming”.

"Liberals and secularists are causing a big noise and exercising pressure inside the Constituent Assembly in order to ensure that the final constitution will be tailored to suit their purposes,”Mustafa Halim, an Islamic theology student, told Gulf News.

"Unfortunately, some Muslim powers inside the assembly are helping secularists to achieve what they are after,” added Halim, who said he had come from the southern city of Assiut to attend the rally dubbed “Friday of Sharia Support”.

Some organizers, who included 22 Islamist groups and political parties, also launched a campaign in Tahrir to collect signatures supporting enforcement of a strict of version of Sharia in the Muslim-majority Egypt.

The campaign was titled “Sharia is the origin of the constitution. No article should be allowed to violate it.” The endorsements will be presented to the Constituent Assembly, according to the organizers.

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KEYWORDS: egypt; islamists; law; sharia

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