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Egypt interim president forms constitutional amendment committee

Committee will begin work on Sunday at Shura Council headquarters, has one month to finalise amendments for review

Ahram Online, Saturday 20 Jul 2013
Adly Mansour
Egyptian Presidency, Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour makes his first address to the nation since taking his post after the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, in Cairo, Egypt July 18, 2013 (Photo: AP)
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Egypt's Interim President Adly Mansour issued a presidential decree on Saturday forming a legal committee to amend the frozen 2012 constitution.

According to the decree, Judge Ali Awad Saleh, the presidency's constitutional advisor, will be the committee's rapporteur.

The committee is set to begin work on Sunday at the Shura Council headquarters.  The Shura Council is Egypt's upper house of parliament, which was dissolved shortly after Mansour was sworn in.

In addition, the decree says that a "general technical secretariat" will be formed to support the committee in its mission.

On 8 July, Mansour issued a constitutional declaration outlining a transitional roadmap to follow the army's removal of president Mohamed Morsi on 3 July amid mass nationwide protests against him.  The 2012 constitution was suspended on 3 July as part of the army-backed roadmap.

According to the declaration, the committee will be given one month to finalise the constitutional amendments.

The committee consists of two High Constitutional Court members, two judges, two members of State Council, and four constitutional law professors from Egyptian universities.

Committee members were chosen by their respective judicial bodies, while Egypt's Supreme Council of Universities assigned the constitutional law professors.

The constitutional amendment committee will refer amendments to another committee formed of 50 members representing the full spectrum of Egyptian society

Egypt's non-Islamist political forces repeatedly argued that the suspended constitution did not represent all Egyptians, blaming the majority Islamist members of the outgoing constituent assembly for ignoring their recommendations.

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norsha
09-08-2013 07:10am
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unlawful president illegally declare unlawful decree
President should be legally lawful to execute presidential decree. The existence of legally lawful president who has not officially resigned or lawfully step down by parliament impeachment who is now jailed by military coup., give question of the legality & according to rule of law? There is no rule of law by coup d'état, appointment if interim president & cabinet is unlawful & illegitimate, by itself is devoid of legal standing. Now the minority opposition, Tamarod rebel, execute power back-up by gunpoint of military against the majority elected president, a new draconian rule.
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Baher
20-07-2013 05:25pm
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illegal and illegitimate
the new people who will amend the constitution are mostly Mubarak's people and anti-Islamists. They don't even 5% of the Egyptian people.
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