Monday, January 31, 2011

Egypt and its Constitution

Egypt and its Constitution

The 1971 Constitution of the Arab Republic of Egypt as amended to 2007 contains many articles relevant for the present situation.
As there are:
Article 3 : Sovereignty is for the People alone
Article 5: Right to establish Political Parties
Article 40: All Citizens are Equal before the Law
Article 41: Individual Liberty is a Natural Right
Article 46: Freedom of Religion
Article 48: Freedom of the Press. In a State of Emergency limited Censorship may be imposed. See also Art. 206-211
Article 54: Right tot Peaceable Assembly
Article 64: Rule of Law basis of exercise of Public Power
Article 76: Election President
Article 83; Resignation President
Article 148: The President alone shall proclaim a State of Emergency in the manner prescribed by law
Article 180: The State alone shall establish armed forces which owe their allegiance to the People

Clearly the People of Egypt have every right to demand the execution of their constitution!

Relevant information:

Peace Palace Library Country Page Egypt: containing books, articles, book chapters and internet resources on Egypt on legal, political and historical matters

Constitution of the Arab Republic of Egypt

Constitutional and Legal Framework

Constitution al Enforcement in Tunesia, Yemen, and Egypt

Constitutional law Prof Blog: Egypt’s Constitution

Rule of law in Egypt, by Hatem Elliesie

Study of the present Egyptian Constitution and the law Articles that conflict with Minority Rights

Stilt, K.A., Constitutional Authority and Subversion : Egypt's New Presidential Election System, in (2006) 16 Indiana International & Comparative Law Review 335-373

2 comments:

Cornelis said...

Good links to the current constitution of Egypt.

It remains to see how the current events will play out.

What is undesirable is a repeat of the Iranian Revolution. We have all seen how that worked out with religious oppression, widespread discrimination and the trampling of human rights.

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