Egypt’s political parties on Thursday, June 7, agreed on the formation of a commission tasked with drafting a new constitution, capping a row that lasted nearly three months, Agence France Presse
reported. The agreement calls for membership to be evenly divided between Islamists and non-Islamists. It also calls for the inclusion of four representatives of Egypt’s Coptic Christian Church, as well as 10 of the mostly secular-minded young leaders of the original revolt, men and women. And the plan requires a majority of at least 67 percent to approve any provision, adding more protection for religious or ideological minorities. On April 10 a Cairo administrative court suspended the initial Islamist-dominated panel amid a boycott by liberals, moderate Muslims and the Coptic Church.