Presidential hopeful unveils roadmap for SCAF withdrawal

Ahram Online , Sunday 12 Feb 2012

Mohamed Selim El-Awa has outlined a timeline for a gradual retreat of the ruling military council from the political scene

Islamist presidential hopeful Mohamed Selim al-Awa (Photo: Reuters)

Mohamed Selim El-Awa, an Islamist presidential candidate, has revealed the outlines of a roadmap to ensure the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) hand over of power to a civilian authority in the coming months. The plan is expected to be made public Sunday afternoon.

SCAF's Advisory Council, charged with overseeing the transitional period, has drafted the roadmap. The council consists of prominent political and intellectual figures, including El-Awa, and was appointed by SCAF for consultative purposes.

The plan has been approved and presented to the Supreme Electoral Commission in charge of overseeing upcoming presidential elections.

In a televised interview on the privately owned El-Nahar television station Saturday evening, El-Awa stated that the door would open for presidential candidates to be nominated starting 10 March to 31 March 2012. Campaigning will take place during the months of April and May.

Elections themselves would be set for the last week of May, runoffs — if needed — to take place during the first week of June. Final results should be expected by 10 June 2012.

El-Awa affirmed that once the abovementioned process is completed, the elected president would be sworn in during a parliamentary session (including both the upper and lower house) on 30 June 2012. This will in effect allow the SCAF to return to its barracks and to hand over power to the newly elected president.

Concerning the new constitution that is yet to be drafted, El-Awa stated that the upper and lower houses of parliament would be in charge of forming a constitutional assembly made up of a 100 members in March that will be in charge of this process.

"If it is completed before the month of June, the presidential elections will be dictated by the new constitution; if not, the electoral process will instead resort to the constitutional declaration that was placed in the March 2011 referendum," El-Awa clarified.

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