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Egyptian Court Suspends Constitutional Panel

A court in Egypt has suspended the panel appointed last month to draft the country's new constitution.

Lawyers and liberal political parties had filed a complaint accusing the Islamist-majority parliament, which formed the panel, of having abused its powers.

Some two dozen members have quit the panel, protesting the selection process.

The 100-member panel is divided between parliamentarians and public figures.

But Islamists from the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party and the Salafist Nour party have a near-majority in the body.

Once the panel has produced a draft constitution, it is to be put to a referendum.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP