CAIRO — Egypt is considering a new constitution that would ban religious-based political parties, reverting to the type of restrictions used by former leader Hosni Mubarak.
The stance is now viewed by authorities as critical for stability after the military's removal of an Islamist government sparked weeks of violence.
The constitution is taking shape at a rapid clip, as the country's military-backed leaders try to satisfy Western demands and their own promises of a prompt return to civilian rule.
A presidentially appointed 10-member panel has completed work on a draft constitution, and key elements have been reported in state-affiliated media in recent days. Along with clamping down on religious political parties, the proposed constitution repeals a move to strengthen the role of Islamic law in Egypt.