Egyptian constitutional declaration 'temporary': presidency

Last Updated: Mon, Nov 26, 2012 05:10 hrs

Cairo, Nov 26 (IANS) Egyptian presidency has announced the constitutional declaration issued by President Mohamed Morsi Thursday is temporary and not permanent, state−run TV reported Sunday.

According to the new constitutional declaration, all laws, decrees and constitutional declarations issued by President Morsi since he came into office June 30 are final and unchallengeable by anybody.

Morsi's Thursday−declaration caused a new round of violence and protests across Egypt, for it would enable him to dominate the political arena, Xinhua reported.

As to the Constitutional Assembly, the declaration noted the new draft constitution would be formed within a maximum period of eight months, instead of six, from the date of assembly's formation, which meant the new declaration extended the period of drafting for another two months, until February 2013.

No judicial body is entitled to dissolve the Shura Council (upper house) or the Constituent Assembly, the declaration stated.

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