Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Calls for Sharia-based Constitution

The powerful movement who gave rise to President Mohammed Morsi claims a country ruled by Sharia would not become a theocracy.

Egypt's powerful Muslim Brotherhood says Islamic Sharia law must be the basis of Egypt's new constitution, and legislation must be based on Islamic penal code.

In a statement published on Wednesday the Brotherhood said that a country ruled by Sharia would not become a theocracy. President Mohammed Morsi comes from the Brotherhood.

The statement appeared to be an attempt to clarify the group's position toward the country's most contentious issue - the extent of Islamic influence in governance and legislation.

The 100-member Islamist-led panel tasked with drafting the new document has been facing heavy criticism, mostly from liberals who fear Islamization of Egypt through its work.

The constitution would be a key definer of Egypt's government and society after last year's ouster of longtime President Hosni Mubarak.

Egyptians chant against the Muslim Brotherhood and demand for the constitution to be dissolved in Cairo, October 19, 2012.Credit: Reuters

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