English text of President Morsi's new Egypt Constitutional Declaration

Ahram Online, Sunday 12 Aug 2012

Morsi's Constitutional Declaration abrogates 17 June constitutional addendum, grants president full executive and legislative powers, puts constitution-drafting process under president's control

President Morsi

President Mohamed Morsi issued a new Constitutional Declaration on Sunday, consisting of the following four articles:

1- The 17 June 2012 constitutional addendum is to be abrogated.

2- Article 25, clause 2 of the 30 March 2011 Constitutional Declaration is to be replaced with the following text: "And he [the president] will undertake all his duties as stipulated by Article 56 of this declaration." [Article 56 outlines the authorities of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces and grants the latter full executive and legislative powers, now held by Morsi.]

3- If the Constituent Assembly [tasked with drafting a new constitution] is prevented from doing its duties, the president can draw up a new assembly representing the full spectrum of Egyptian society mandated with drafting a new national charter within three months of the assembly's formation. The new draft constitution is to be put before a nationwide referendum within 30 days after it is written. Parliamentary elections are to be held within two months of the public’s approval of the draft constitution.

4- This new Constitutional Declaration is to be published in Egypt's official gazette and will be put into effect the following day.

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