Date set for constitutional referendum


The Supreme Military Council has said that it will hold a constitutional referendum on 19th March 2011 with a general election in June and the presidential election in August.

There are said to be ten proposed amendments to the current constitution including a two terms limit for the president, the appointment of a deputy for the president within 60 days of taking office, easing of nomination conditions for those wishing to stand as president and the judicial supervision of elections.

Although these announcements have been welcomed by some, many of the youth representatives have said that they are concerned that this will play into the hands of the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) which is well organised on the ground, along with the Muslim Brotherhood party, the Freedom and Justice Party.

Whilst there are another nine parties with some sort of profile, none of them appear to represent the spirit of the 25th January protesters and their organisation is weak.

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