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Monday, November 12, 2012

Egypt’s Bumpy Road To Democracy

An Egyptian Muslim man holds the Quran during a rally in Tahrir Square in Cairo on Friday. Thousands of ultraconservative Muslims rallied in the Egyptian capital, demanding the country’s new constitution be based on the rulings of Islamic law, or Shariah. (Bernat Armangue/AP)

Egypt’s Constituent Assembly is in the midst of drafting a new constitution, and the process is causing heated debate.

Last week, thousands of Islamists marched in Cairo, calling for President Mohammed Mursi and the constitution to implement Shariah law. But opponents say the draft is too heavily weighted towards Islam.

The BBC’s Hugh Sykes reports.

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