By Ruby Russell, Daria Solovieva and Marwa Nasser - Special to The Washington Times Shares
"Liberal forces see that the current phrasing in the constitution gives a huge role for religious texts in legislation," Mr. Hassan said. "The fact that there is no consensus over what these religious texts actually mean complicates the process and will mean, the liberals fear, adding an Islamist flavor to the legislative process in the future."
"The power of the president has not been decreased as was hoped for," Mazen Hassan, a political science lecturer at Cairo University, said of the new constitution. "[It] will give him not only total executive power, but also the right to intervene in legislative power."