CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's powerful Muslim Brotherhood says Islamic Shariah law must be the basis of Egypt's new constitution, and legislation must be based on Islamic penal code.
The Brotherhood said in a statement Wednesday that a country ruled by Shariah would not become a theocracy. President Mohammed Morsi comes from the Brotherhood.
The statement appeared to be an attempt to clarify the group's position toward the country's most contentious issue _ the extent of Islamic influence in governance and legislation.
The 100-member Islamist-led panel tasked with drafting the new document has been facing heavy criticism, mostly from liberals who fear Islamization of Egypt through its work.
The constitution would be a key definer of Egypt's government and society after last year's ouster of longtime President Hosni Mubarak.
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