x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Egypt's key constitutional considerations

The president is to form a panel of judicial experts to draft amendments to the suspended 2012 constitution within 15 days.

Constitution

- The president is to form a panel of judicial experts to draft amendments to the suspended 2012 constitution within 15 days.

- The panel will be given 30 days to finalise the amendments.

- The panel will then refer the amendments to a larger, 50-member committee representing all segments of society, which has 60 days to finalise the draft constitution.

- Once the president receives the final draft, he has 30 days to put the amended constitution to a referendum.

Elections

- The president has 15 days to call parliamentary elections from the day the constitution is approved.

- Parliamentary elections will be held within two months of the president's call for election.

- The president will then call presidential elections within one week of parliament's first session.

President

- The interim president holds legislative power until a parliament is elected.

- The president also approves state policy and budget and has the power to declare a state of emergency, following the approval of the cabinet.

- A state of emergency can be put in place for only three months, and can be renewed for further three-month periods subject to approval by popular referendum.