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Egypt to have semi-presidential system: Sobhi Saleh

New constitution to be completed shortly after Ramadan and will propose a semi-presidential system of government similar to that used in France, says constituent assembly member Sobhi Saleh

Ahram Online , Wednesday 18 Jul 2012
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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.

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