Egypt power struggle: Assembly adopts new constitution

President Mohamed Morsy
President Mohamed Morsy. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

Egypt's Islamist-run assembly has backed a draft constitution, including a measure keeping sharia, or Islamic law, as the main source of legislation.

The draft will now be sent to President Mohammed Morsy, who is expected to call a referendum on the issue.

The move comes after the constitutional court said it would rule on Sunday whether to dissolve the assembly.

Egypt's judiciary is in a stand-off with the president after he granted himself sweeping new powers.

Mr Morsy says his decree should only apply for as short a time as possible.

Liberal, left-wing and Christian members of the constitutional assembly boycotted the vote, accusing the Islamists of trying to impose their vision.

Comment on the defeat of Issa Hayatou as Caf chief

Read Story:Comment on the defeat of Issa Hayatou as Caf chief