20 November 2012

Egypt: CA Resolves Article 129 Giving President Right to Dissolve House of Representatives

The Constituent Assembly (CA) settled during its meeting on Monday 19/11/2012 the issue related to the powers of the President in the dissolution of the House of Representatives.

The CA amended Article 129 so that the President may dissolve the House of Representatives by a reasoned decision and after performing a referendum and if the majority of participants in the referendum do not agree, the president should resign.

Meanwhile, Abul Ela Mady said during a press conference at the Shura Council on Monday 19/11/2012 that some members who withdrew had not offered any suggestions about the constitution.

The CA held the press conference to respond to criticism from leftist and liberal members who had withdrawn on Sunday.

Mady stressed that those members had previously accepted the controversial articles, including Article 2 that sets "principles of Islamic Sharia" as the main source of legislation, as well as the additional article interpreting it.

Political groups have been in disputes in the past months over the Sharia article. Liberals objected to Salafi demands to replace the word "principles" with "provisions," which they think could guarantee the full application of Sharia.

Freedom and Justice Party member Amr Darrag, the CA Secretary General, said the panel has been working continuously to finish the constitution, adding that 100 articles have been completed and will be put up for an internal vote next week.

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