On March 19 the Egyptian parliament passed a set of constitutional amendments that were proposed by the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP), amidst strong protests from opposition parties which have described the changes as a major blow to Egyptian democracy.
The proposed amendments to 34 articles of the constitution were formally presented to the two houses of parliament by President Mubarak on December 26, 2006. These amendments have incited a heated debate in Egyptian political circles for the past three months, as they are viewed by many as a step that would significantly undermine the reform effort in Egypt.
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