CAIRO, Sept 12 (Reuters) - A proposal by ultraconservative
Salafis to give Egypt's main Islamic institution the final say
on whether the law of the land adheres to Islamic laws threatens
to bring the already painfully slow process of drafting the new
constitution to a grinding halt.
The proposal would give the revered Al-Azhar power similar
to a supreme court by making it the arbiter of whether a law
conforms with the principles of sharia, already cited in the
constitution of ousted leader Hosni Mubarak as Egypt's "main
source" of legislation.
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