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English text of Morsi's Constitutional Declaration
Ahram Online provides English version of President Morsi's Constitutional Declaration appointing new prosecutor-general; immunising Constituent Assembly and Shura Council from dissolution
Thursday 22 Nov 2012
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President Mohammed Morsi speaks at Egyptian Television headquarters in Cairo in June (Photo: Reuters)

In a surprise move Thursday, President Mohamed Morsi issued a new Constitutional Declaration.

The declaration began by stating that the January 25 Revolution had mandated the president with the responsibility to achieve revolutionary demands and to root out remnants of the old regime from Egypt's state institutions. It also called for the building of a "new legitimacy built on a constitution" to promote "principles of freedom, justice and democracy."

Ahram Online provides a translated version of Thursday's Constitutional Declaration.

We have decided the following:

Article I

Reopen the investigations and prosecutions in the cases of the murder, the attempted murder and the wounding of protesters as well as the crimes of terror committed against the revolutionaries by anyone who held a political or executive position under the former regime, according to the Law of the Protection of the Revolution and other laws.

Article II:

Previous constitutional declarations, laws, and decrees made by the president since he took office on 30 June 2012, until the constitution is approved and a new People’s Assembly [lower house of parliament] is elected, are final and binding and cannot be appealed by any way or to any entity. Nor shall they be suspended or canceled and all lawsuits related to them and brought before any judicial body against these decisions are annulled. 

Article III:

The prosecutor-general is to be appointed from among the members of the judiciary by the President of the Republic for a period of four years commencing from the date of office and is subject to the general conditions of being appointed as a judge and should not be under the age of 40. This provision applies to the one currently holding the position with immediate effect.

Article IV:

The text of the article on the formation of the Constituent Assembly in the 30 March 2011 Constitutional Declaration that reads, "it shall prepare a draft of a new constitution in a period of six months from the date it was formed” is to be amended to "it shall prepare the draft of a new constitution for the country no later than eight months from the date of its formation."

 Article V:

No judicial body can dissolve the Shura Council [upper house of parliament] or the Constituent Assembly.

 Article VI:

The President may take the necessary actions and measures to protect the country and the goals of the revolution.

Article VII:

This Constitutional Declaration is valid from the date of its publication in the official gazette. 

 

Disclaimer: This is not an official judicial translation





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Awan
08-12-2012 09:40am
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MORSI HAS DONE THE RIGHT THING
Morsi has no choice but to get rid of Mubaraks old guard in the Judiciary who continue to stand in the way of the democratically elected parliament. Mubaraks judicary dissolved all the elected MP's and have forced Morsi's hand. If he want to clear Egypt up, he has to make these changes otherwise Mubaraks Judiciary will continue what their doing.
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mervat el nahas
11-12-2012 01:41pm
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no way
we all know the intentions of the brotherhood to dominate all the laws and turn this country into another kandahar.....they lie through their teeth openly with out dhame...so forget that decision as its not an option...we wont allow it....
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Exodus
04-12-2012 06:10pm
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Morsi is even worse than any remnant
Mohamed Morsi will soon loose all credits from the USA he will be even worse than Assad or Hitler The islamist brotherhood did put this shame on it self and can never be trusted. They don t know democracy what so ever I hope Allah wil let his Airplane crash if he goes to the Usa!
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mumby
26-11-2012 04:19pm
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Be realistic
Egyptian shouldn't diluted by who are ignoring popular will, desperately try to prevent completion of the Constitution for flimsy reasons, and fight for the goals of the revolution, but bet on its enemies.
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EGYPTIAN
25-11-2012 02:51am
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REVOLUTIONARY
BRAVO MURSI! KEEP IT UP....THE REVOLUTION PROCESS CAN NOT BE COMPLETED UNTIL ALL REMNANTS OF MUBARAK ARE KICKED OUT. THEY DESERVED SEVERE PUNISHMENTS; THEY ARE CRIMINALS AT LARGE; HOWEVER MURSI'S GOVERNMENT SOFT ATTITUDE HAS PROVIDED THESE REMNANTS ENOUGH OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW THEIR REAL FACES; THEY ARE THE ROTTEN REMNANTS OF MUBARAK. THEY MUST BE ELIMINATED WITH IRON HANDS...
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DisgustedAmerican
23-11-2012 12:03pm
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Is it just possible...
I try to follow what is going on here in Egypt closely, as I consider Egypt my home now. At first I was quite shocked at this news. But...giving it more thought, is it possible that this new declaration by President Morsy, is his only way to finally rid the Judiciary of members who have been very ONE SIDED in all their rulings? There has not been one real conviction in all of the trials so far, to bring justice for those killed and injured during the revolution and after. How can this be!? I truly hope that President Morsy has taken this very dramatic step, for no other reason, then to finally bring some JUSTICE to those who deserve it.
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Adib Amr
23-11-2012 12:42am
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Constitutional court is a Mubarak tool.
The truth is that the constitutional court is a Mubarak tool to fight the Islamists. It must be dissolved immediately.
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Andrew Arato
22-11-2012 09:37pm
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one more step
The Constitutional Court could and should declare this vey declaration unconstitutional. The democratic movement then must raly behind the decision, that should also contain the dissolution of the current constituent assembly, so-called. If this does not happen, Egypt depends on an enlightened despot to institute civil democracy. Could that happen? Yes, but not likely. Mr. Morsi is inded enlightened and pragmatic. Fine. But he has a constituency to serve as well. With all the power formally in his hands, in fact he loses power with respect to his constituency. Yesterday's results were great. Today's not so.
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anon
03-12-2012 01:36pm
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contradiction
you're contradicting yourself, the revolution already anulled the previous constitution yet there are still judges who are sobotaging this very revoltuion ( a politized supreme council) the sadening stuff is that some ignorant revolutionaires are siding with them because their MB-phobia is blinding them from seeing the Folouls netx to them

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