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Egypt: Debate over Right of Interim President to Regulate Parliamentary Elections

(Apr. 25, 2014) There is a current debate in Egypt between two groups of legal scholars on whether the interim President, Adely Mansour, has the authority to issue a law regulating the upcoming parliamentary elections. (A Debate over the Authority of the President to Issue a Law Governing the Parliamentary Elections [in Arabic], RADIO SAWA (Apr. 12, 2014).)

The first group claims that because there is no elected legislature, the interim President has the full authority to issue legislation governing the upcoming parliamentary election. Article 230 of the Constitution of 2014 gives the President the authority to exercise legislative and executive branch powers in the event of the absence of an elected parliament. (Id.)

On the other hand, the second group of scholars, which opposes giving the interim President such authority, alleges that article 230 gives that authority to an elected President, not to an interim President, and that therefore the interim President has no such right. This group of legal scholars also recommended waiting until after the presidential elections in order for the new elected President to issue any piece of legislation related to the parliamentary elections. (Id.)