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A president and no constitution?

Whoever the next president will be, the powers of the position remain undefined

Ahram Online, Friday 25 May 2012
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For the first time in history, Egyptians across the nation are choosing their president. As the final results come in, the field has narrowed to three: the Muslim  Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi, Mubarak-era minister Ahmed Shafiq and Nasserist Hamdeen Sabbahi.

However, significant questions remain. Without a constitution, it remains unclear even what powers the new president will have.

The Egyptian constitution was dissolved after the ouster of Mubarak in 2011, and the ruling military council has been ruling with an interim constitution after a referendum in March of the same year. After the dissolution of the body tasked with drafting the country's new constitution, Egypt remains without a constitution.

Political science researcher Hani Al-Aasar tackles the subject in an Ahram Online article on the eve of the polls:

Analysis: Can Egypt have a president without a constitution?

Egypt's next president will begin his tenure in the absence of a national charter specifying his responsibilities and powers

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