A sub-committee of Egypt’s constitutional panel agreed today that the parliament can be only be dissolved by a presidential decree after a referendum.
The committee also decided that under the new constitution, which is in the process of being drafted, the president will be the supreme commander of the armed forces, the state-run Ahram Gate reported today, citing Salah Abdel Maaboud, a committee member. He or she will have the power to declare war subject to parliament’s approval, it said.
The decision is likely to raise tensions in the political arena between the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which took interim power after the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, and the Muslim Brotherhood, which dominated the now-disbanded parliament. Recently elected President Mohamed Mursi comes from the ranks of the Islamist group.
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