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Political system and Egyptian government

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Egypt has been a presidency since the 23rd July revolution led by Gamal Abd El Nasser in 1952 when the Free Army Officers' movement overthrew the current regime then and expelled king Farouk who has been known as the king of Egypt and Sudan backed by the British.

The first Egyptian president in 1953 was Mohamed Naguib who has been a general in the army. Nasser was the second president of Egypt in 1954.

Hosny Mubarak was president since 1981 after  the assassination of late president Anwar Sadat until 2011. The last election was held on September 7th 2005, Hosny Mubarak won by more than 85% of the votes. Mubarak was deposed on 11th February 2001 during the 25 January revolution.

Until 2005 The constitution of Egypt put the rules of selecting a president every 6 years by selecting a candidate by at least two thirds of the members of the Egyptian parliament (People's Assembly)  then holding a public referendum for people to vote for the selected candidate but in May 2005 a new article in the constitution ( article 76 ) set the rules of electing a President by public vote for candidates who get support of 250 of elected members of parliament or other elected bodies. Also political parties can present a candidate with no need for the support of parliament members.

There are three main Authorities in Egypt as stated by the Egyptian constitution :

  • The Government
  • The Parliament
  • The Judicial system

The President chooses the prime minister who heads the government and selects members of the governments (Ministers) and the president should approve his selection for the government to start its assignments as dictated by the president.

The president as stated by the constitution is the supreme commander of the Egyptian armed forces and he has the authority to choose the General commander of the Egyptian  army.

The parliament or Peoples' assembly as it is described in the constitution consists of 444 members elected by the people in a public election every 5 years in addition to 10 members at most assigned by the president. There is no need to be a member of a political party in order to be a candidate in the election although there are over 15 political parties in Egypt. National party (Al Watany) was the ruling party until the 2011 revolution. Currently a ruling by the supreme administration court ordered the dissolution of the party.

The Judicial authority is not controlled by the government as the constitution states. It is a self governing body to avoid being manipulated by the political powers and ensures that justice is not influenced by the political streams. In fact Egyptian judges are well known for their integrity and justice.

Egypt Revolution - 25th January 2011 Revolution

A revolution started on 25th of January 2011 demanding the fall of the regime and establishing democratic rule during which more than 300 people were killed in the revolution most of them were under 30 years of age. The demonstrators show a rare kind of courage in the face of cruelty of the police and security forces which attracted millions of Egyptians who marched in all parts of the country demanding freedom and faced the brutality of the security forces.

The Egyptian army took over on Thursday 10th of February ending a 30 year old rule of Mubarak who stepped down on the next day (February 11th, 2011).

Constitution amendments after the 25 January revolution:

A committee was formed as per orders of the Egyptian Armed forces supreme council to amend several articles of the Egyptian constitution and a referendum was held on March 19, 2011 for the people to approve the amendments until an assembly and presidential elections to be held in the same year.

Presidential election was held on May and June 2012 and Dr. Mohamed Mursy won the runoff and became the president of Egypt for the next 4 years. In 2013 a movement called "Tamarrud" was formed and collected people's signatures to withdraw confidence from Mursy. The movement succeeded in driving millions of people to the streets on June 30, 2013 The army intervened on July 3rd 2013 and took over in a military coup backed by opposition factions who agreed to oust the elected president, modify the constitution and hold a presidential and parliament elections.

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