Cairo court to look into appeals against Egypt's constitutional addendum Tuesday

Ahram Online, Monday 16 Jul 2012

Lawyers call for suspension of 17 June constitutional addendum that gives military legislative powers, strips presidency of several executive prerogatives

Khaled Ali
Khaled Ali, one of the lawyers filing an appeal against the amended constitutional declaration (Photo: AP)

A Cairo administrative court on Tuesday is expected to examine appeals filed against last month’s constitutional addendum.

The appeals, filed by a number of lawyers, call for the suspension of the addendum, which was issued by Egypt’s quasi-ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) on 17 June.

One of the appeals against the 17 June constitutional addendum was filed by former presidential candidate and labour lawyer Khaled Ali. He recently stated that, unlike last year’s Constitutional Declaration, last month’s constitutional addendum was never put before a public referendum, "which has been the basis of Egypt’s constitutional life since 1886."

The addendum, which gives the SCAF full legislative powers at the expense of parliament’s dissolved lower house and strips the presidency of several important executive privileges, has been roundly condemned by most of Egypt’s post-revolution political forces.

Lawyers called for “limiting the SCAF's role to protecting the revolution and its achievements” and disallowing the military council from interfering in presidential prerogatives.

Lawyers also assert that the 19 March 2011 constitutional referendum, in which the Egyptian public approved last year’s Constitutional Declaration (issued in the wake of Egypt’s Tahrir Square uprising), should not have been called for by the SCAF but rather by the head of the HCC.

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