Egypt forms constitutional amendment committee

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A supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi waves his poster during a protest at a park in front of Cairo University, where protesters have installed their camp in Giza, southwest of Cairo, Egypt, Friday, July 19, 2013. Thousands are demonstrating across Egypt to demand the reinstatement of Morsi. His Muslim Brotherhood is mobilizing its followers to march in Cairo and elsewhere Friday for a protest they are dubbing "Breaking the Coup." (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's interim president has formed a committee of legal experts to offer possible amendments the country's Islamist-drafted constitution.

The committee, created in a decree Saturday issued by interim President Adly Mansour, is comprised of 10 members that include six judges and four constitutional law professors.

The committee has 30 days to offer its amendments. A second committee, comprised of 50 public figures including politicians, unionists and religious figures, then will have 60 days to review those amendments.

After that, citizens will vote on the proposed amendments in a referendum, according to a military-backed timetable. Parliamentary elections are to follow.

Egypt's constitution was suspended July 3 by the military following massive protests against President Mohammed Morsi, who was ousted in the coup.

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