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Liberals say Mr. Morsi must form another assembly that truly reflects the makeup of the country.

The Muslim Brotherhood favors language that bases Egypt’s constitution on Shariah, or Islamic law. Salafis, who believe in a Muslim theocracy, say the Egyptian government must interpret Shariah and enforce it upon the nation.

“The question is whether the president can act against the will of the movement. I do not see any single sign [of that happening] up until now,” Mr. Hamzawy said.