Report: Egypt's draft constitution puts more power in hands of military

Egypt’s new constitution bans religious parties and puts more power in the hands of the military, according to a draft posted on state media.

Article 74 states that “citizens have the right to form political parties, but are not allowed to practice any political activity or form political parties on religious bases.”

The 50-member committee working on the new constitution unanimously approved the draft’s preamble. It now has to be put to a referendum.

The members are voting Sunday on each of the 246 draft articles item-by-item, the state-run al-Ahram Online reported.