New constitution to reduce presidential authorities: Source

Ahram Online, Wednesday 19 Sep 2012

Egypt's new constitution will limit the authorities of president, enabling parliament to press charges against him

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi (Photo: AP)

The Constituent Assembly has reduced, in the draft of the new constitution, the authorities of Egypt's executive and given the right to parliament to hold the president accountable, said Salah Hassab Allah, member of the  System of Governance Committee, a body affiliated to the Constituent Assembly.

The Constituent Assembly, tasked with drafting Egypt's first post-revolution constitution, has eliminated 17 of the president's authorities as stated in the 1971 Constitution, which was suspended in 2011 after former president Hosni Mubarak was toppled.

The assembly left 47 authorities in the executive's hands, Hassab Allah explained, but even these authorities have been limited in order for Egypt to not "witness a new Pharaoh ruling the country." Allah did not elaborate further on the specific amendments made.

However, "Parliament would have the right to press charges against the president," Allah underlined.

Mubarak was deemed by many to be an autocratic ruler beyond legal accountability during his 30-year tenure. His successor, Mohamed Morsi, holds legislative authorities until the upcoming parliamentary elections that should take place before the end of the year.

No date has been determined for the Constituent Assembly to issue a final draft of the new constitution.

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