Egypt to select constitution panel on March 3

Egypt to select constitution panel on March 3 Cairo: Egypt's ruling military council has called on parliament to meet March 3 to select a 100-member panel to draft a new constitution.

A statement today by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces said the panel will be formed at a meeting of the two houses of parliament.

According to a plan forwarded by the military in November, a new constitution should be drafted before presidential elections are held by the end of June.

The voting in the first elections since the 2011 overthrow of Hosni Mubarak returned a parliament heavily dominated by Islamists.

Egypt's largely secular and urban protest movement fears that they will exclude other voices from the drafting of the constitution.