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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Nazif announces changes to Egyptian constitution

In a statement on Monday at the Arab Strategy Forum, Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif, announced new ratifications to the Egyptian constitution, according to Reuters. These changes, which are expected to take 18 months to establish, will replace the current emergency law with new anti-terrorism laws and amend the Egyptian power structure. In addition to giving more freedom to political parties, the amended constitution would also have provisions for presidential term limits. However, other constitutional provisions, notably stringent endorsement requirements for prospective independent presidential candidates, will not be changed. Regulations such as these have prevented opposition parties like the Muslim Brotherhood from nominating any potential candidates.

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