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Egypt’s top court to rule on constitutional panel

Delay may give Islamists time to draft document

CAIRO — An Egyptian court asked the country’s highest tribunal Tuesday to rule on whether to disband the body tasked with writing a new constitution. That could give Islamists time to finish drafting the document before a legal ruling.

It’s the latest twist in a bitter struggle between Islamists and their secular rivals over the constitution. The Islamists, who dominate the constitutional assembly, are racing to put a draft before a public referendum before the judges rule.

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