Egypt's military to issue constitutional decree

11:08, March 24, 2011      

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Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has decided to issue a constitutional decree for the coming transitional period, the official MENA news agency said Wednesday.

The declaration will include the approved constitutional clauses, which will be used until the elections of a new parliament and a president, said the report.

Amendments to nine articles were passed in a referendum on March 19 with the support of 77.2 percent of voters.

According to the amendments, the presidential term will be shortened to four years from six years with a two-term cap. The president should appoint one or more vice presidents within 60 days after taking office.

The changes ease the restrictions on presidential candidacy and say elections should be held under judicial supervision.

The supreme council suspended the constitution and parliament on Feb. 13, two days after taking power when former President Hosni Mubarak, who stepped down due to 18 days of protests against his long time rule.

Source: Xinhua
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