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Panel Completes Amending Egypt’s Constitution

posted on December 2, 2013

Hamza Hendawi of the Associated Press reports on the completion of the Egyptian constitution amendment process. The document is now subject to a national referendum and, if adopted, would pave the way for elections in 2014. According to Hendawi, “The charter requires presidents to declare their financial assets annually, and empowers lawmakers to vote out an elected president with a two-third majority. It also bans parties founded on religion or sect and unequivocally states the equality of men and women. It also guarantees the rights of Egyptians with special needs and the elderly. But it also leaves the military with unfettered freedom to choose the country’s defense minister from within its ranks and grants him immunity for two, four-year presidential terms.”

Read at The Associated Press