16.04.2012 24.Nissan. 5772 Tag 9 des Omer
Supreme Council meets demands of Islamists, liberals to draft new constitution before elections, a move that may cause a months-long delay.
The decision of Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) that presidential elections will only take place after the drafting of the constitution is likely to delay the elections by months, if not more.
With this decision, the SCAF was responding to demands of the liberal and religious currents in Egypt, both of which feared that presidential elections under Egypt‘s current constitution would grant the president broad powers, similar to those of former president Hosni Mubarak, which will enable the him to disband parliament or assemble a government that is not representative of Egypt’s political landscape. The army is also interested in advancing the drafting of the new constitution so that it can influence the extent of the powers granted to Egypt’s next president….