Tunisia, Egypt Islamists Signal Bigger Religion Role

(Reuters) Tom Heneghan - After months of reassuring secularist critics, Islamist politicians in Tunisia and Egypt have begun to lay down markers about how Muslim their states should be - and first signs show they want more religion than previously admitted. Popular List, the party tasked with writing Tunisia's new constitution, announced on Monday its draft called Islam "the principle source of legislation" - a phrase denoting laws based on sharia (Islamic law). On Tuesday, Egyptian Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie said his group wanted a president with "an Islamic background."

2012-02-24 00:00:00

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