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Abul-Ela Madi: Semi-presidential system to be adopted in upcoming constitution

A member of the Constituent Assembly has revealed in public statements that Egypt's next constitution will mirror the French political system

Ahram Online , Sunday 5 Aug 2012
Abu Ela Madi
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Constituent Assembly member and leader of Al-Wasat Party, Abu Ela Madirevealed Saturday during a public conference in the city of Kom Ombo in Aswan that the upcoming constitution would adopt the semi-presidential system similar to the one adopted in France.  

Madi also stated that according to the semi-presidential system, the president would be responsible for the ministries of foreign affairs, interior, justice and defence, while the government will be responsible for internal issues and parliament for supervision and legislation.

The leader of the moderate Islamist party also revealed that the national security committee of the Constituent Assembly has determined the roles and powers of the armed forces in the upcoming constitution, and included guarantees that the army will not interfere in politics, and that the army’s budget in the future would be supervised.

According to Madi, the power to declare war in the upcoming constitution will be reserved for the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces and the National Defence Council that will be formed by parliament. Madi also said that the upcoming constitution would include articles that would ground the role of the police in principles of human rights and general freedoms. 

The Constituent Assembly has continued to work after the disbanding of the People's Assembly in early June. The current assembly is the second elected by parliament. The first was dissolved by the Adminstrative Court in April for violating the Constitutional Declaration of March 2011 and including members of parliament. 

The Constituent Assembly is expected to start working on drafting the constitution after collecting suggestions from varied groups and unions as well as from Egypt's governorates.

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