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Egypt SCAF is now a state above the state: Amr Hamzawy

Liberal political figure Amr Hamzawy says Sunday's revised constitutional declaration greatly diminishes role of new president and is a backwards step on the road to full civilian rule

Ahram Online, Monday 18 Jun 2012
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Amr Hamzawy, a liberal MP in the now-dissolved People's Assembly, has described the revised addendum to the March 2011 Constitutional Declaration, issued late Sunday by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, as an impediment to the transfer of power from the military to elected politicians.

"[The addendum] means the SCAF has become a state above the state with wide legislative and executive powers, a veto on constitutional and other political matters, and stands immune to any challenges," Hamzawy said via Twitter.

The addendum means the newly elected president will have limited powers, more similar to the symbolic post of prime minister, Hamzawy added.

We are entering a transitional period with no time limit, he noted, and one that is more dangerous than the one we've just experienced.

"We need to use all peaceful means to challenge this dangerous scenario, as it is a national duty and a necessity," Hamzawy concluded.

To read the new addendum to the Constitutional Declaration click here.

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Jane Seymour
18-06-2012 05:39pm
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Thank God for SCAF
I don't understand Amr Hamzawy comments, as an expatriate married to an Egyptian and living in Cairo, the only fact that I felt safe enough to continue in Egypt is SCAF. They made it very clear in their press conference that their revised addendum is just until the new constitution was written and new Parliamentary Elections held. As a person with a background in Western politics, I was amazed by some of the petty and discussions in parliament, it's only attribute that it provided soap opera style entertainment! Anyway it was proved to be unconstitutional and most people were relieved when it was suspended. Who but SCAF could take on the legislative and executive powers during the transistion? Another council? Thank you SCAF!
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Egypt Egypt
18-06-2012 02:36pm
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Power must never be transferred to "amateur" politicians
Dear Dr. Hamzaoui, Egypt is not a country where power can be transferred to "amateur" politicians. Muslim Brotherhood are amateur politician; their press spokeman dared to threaten the UAE State of being "invaded" by all muslim, in favour of a non less daring sheikh Youssef EL Karadawy.
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