Sobhi Saleh (Photo : Ahram Online Archives)
Egypt's new constitution will be finished shortly after Ramadan and will propose a semi-presidential system of government, according to Sobhi Saleh, a senior figure in the Muslim Brotherhood and a member of the constitution-drafting assembly.
The assembly's subcommittees will begin drafting the constitution's articles next week and a referendum on the document will take place after Eid, which is on 19 August, said Saleh.
The semi-presidential system will be similar to that used in France, Saleh told the Al-Ahram Arabic news website, whereby the president and government have certain powers and the parliament functions in a supervisory role.
Moreover, the president will be allocated the role of supreme commander of the armed forces.
President Morsi will select a prime minister satisfactory to all Egyptians, added Saleh. The new prime minister will then select members of his cabinet, subject to the president's approval.