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Egypt's Copts out of constitution body

2012-04-02 17:02

Cairo - Egypt's official news agency says the country's Coptic Church is withdrawing from a committee to draft the nation's new constitution.

The state news agency Mena reported on Monday that the church called its participation "futile" under the current make-up of the panel, dominated by Islamists.

Out of 100 committee members, only two were chosen from the church among six Christians.

Christians make up about 10% of Egypt's population. Most are Copts.

The Muslim Brotherhood's party and a smaller ultraconservative faction, which control the parliament, staked out a clear majority on the constitutional panel.

Some 25 public figures and liberals have pulled out of the body, saying it is fails to represent the country's diversity and does not have enough constitutional experts.