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'Constitutions need consensus,' says Amr Moussa

Former Arab League chief slams constituent assembly, vows to 'put Egypt on track' should he become Egypt's next president

Nada Hussein Rashwan, Monday 26 Mar 2012
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Amr Moussa (Photo: Reuters)
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Presidential candidate and former head of the Arab League Amr Moussa has denounced the recently-selected constituent assembly and hinted at his economic platform.

"If 25 per cent of the people vote against the new constitution, it should count as a veto against it. Constitutions need consensus," he said, without elaborating on whether he would rewrite the constitution -- should he take office -- if that percentage was achieved.

"The constitution should be drafted in a respectable manner. Nothing should be imposed on the people," said Moussa during a meeting hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce in an upscale hotel in downtown Cairo, where he was the keynote speaker on the topic of "a vision for Egypt."

Moussa said that regarding the constituent assembly, the designation of 50 per cent of seats for MPs "has to be reconsidered."

"Twenty MPs are enough, and those twenty should represent all parties in Parliament," he added.

Responding to a question about his economic vision for the country, Moussa said he wants to "adopt an economic policy as though Egypt were to apply for the European Union."

"I will use the EU membership eligibility criteria and apply it to Egypt," he said.

"Should I get elected, I will use my four years to put Egypt on the track that would lead it to the path of development."

Moussa expressed intent on "reviewing" the current subsidy law, saying that reforms are needed in order for subsidies to reach "only those deserving of them, but not everyone."

Moussa is the only one so far to have submitted his presidential candidacy application.

Presidential elections have been scheduled for May 23 and 24; the president will be announced on 21 June after a runoff vote on 16 and 17 June.

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