Egypt president able to name key ministers under new charter: Panel member
Ahram Online, Thursday 14 Nov 2013
Constitution-amending panel agrees on articles allowing president to remove cabinet with third of parliament's consent, dissolve parliament through referundum, and appoint key ministers


Egypt's national charter will allow the president to appoint key ministers and remove the government with parliament's consent, an official has said.

The 50-member constitution panel – revising a suspended document criticised for entrenching Islamic rule and fallingshortof human rights and freedoms – has given its seal of approval to articles spelling out three presidential mandates, AmrEl-Shobaki, chairman of the panel's system of government subcommittee, said on Wednesday.

These include allowing the head of state to remove the cabinet or any of its ministers after obtaining the consent of one-third of parliament.

The president will also be able to name sovereign ministers – foreign, interior, justice and defence – with a temporary provision regulating the latter.

The 2012 Islamist-drafted constitution was suspended as part of a political transition roadmap set out by Egypt'sinterim administrationfollowing the military's overthrow of president Morsi in July amid mass protests against his turbulent year-long rule.

According to El-Shobaki, the president will be entitled to call a national referendum on dissolving the parliament only once during his tenure. An article in the 2012 constitution that required the president to resign if such a referendum was lost has been removed to ensure "political stability," El-Shobaki said.

Also on the table is a fresh provision allowing parliament, upon a two-thirds majority,to call a vote on the president remaining in power if he or she has contravened the constitution, El-Shobaki added.

Committee spokesperson Mohamed Salmawy said on Wednesday that the panel had completed all the articles – which may total over 200 – expect those on judicial and military matters.

Officials say the final version will be completed on 3 December and will be submitted to interim President Adly Mansour for approval before being put to a national referendum.

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