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Egyptian panel calls for ban on religious-based parties

Some see limit as crucial to restore stability in Egypt

CAIRO — Egypt is considering a new constitution that will ban religious-based political parties, reverting to the type of restrictions used by former leader Hosni Mubarak and 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. But the effort also threatens to leave the country’s basic division unresolved, with supporters of Mohammed Morsi, the ousted president backed by the Muslim Brotherhood, still squared off against Muslims, Christians, and secular Egyptians who felt deeply disappointed by his rule.

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