Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

Egypt: President Can Appoint Govt, Including Defense Minister

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Presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq has contested the announcement by the Muslim Brotherhood that their candidate - Mohammed Mursi - has won the election.

Egypt's elected president will have the authority to appoint and remove a government, including a defense minister and vice-presidents, member of the ruling military council Mamdouh Shahin said.

The statement came in a Monday conference held with General Mohammed al-Assar who is also a member of the ruling military council.

"The armed forces is not far from the political scene, but it will not intervene in the work of any authority", Shahin said as reported by the Middle East News Agency. He promised that that ruling military council will not withdraw any authorities from the president, stressing on their belief, from the start, in the authority of law.

The ruling military council issued amendments to the Constitutional Declaration regarding the authorities of the president, parliament and constitution on Sunday evening. The amendments addressed issues related to the state in light of the Constitutional Court's decision to dissolve the Islamist-led elected parliament.

Commenting on the complementary Constitutional Declaration Assar said,

"There was a need to issue amendments - Egypt is transforming into a democratic state through a difficult process where we are faced with dangers and challenges".

Assar stressed on the importance of political negotiation, especially following the elections.

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