Egypt: Constitutional Proclamation
Sunday, 13 February 2011
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces: Constitutional Proclamation
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, aware of this critical moment in the history of the nation; fulfilling its historical and constitutional responsibility to protect the country and to preserve the safety and security of its territory, and aspiring to fulfill their duty to administer the affairs of the country, fully cognizant that the true challenge that faces our dear country Egypt is to release the creative powers of every member of our great people by providing freedom, and facilitating democratic processes through constitutional and legislative amendments, which the fulfill to the legitimate demands expressed by the people recently, and which go even further to wider horizons worthy of the stature of Egypt whose people built the first civilization in human history.
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces believes that human freedom, the rule of law, support for the value of equality, pluralistic democracy, social justice, and the uprooting of corruption are the bases for the legitimacy of any system of governance that will lead the country in the upcoming period. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces also equally believes that the dignity of the nation, is merely the reflection of the dignity of every one of its member, and that the free citizens, proud of their humanity, are the cornerstone of the a strong nation, and in light of the aforementioned and based upon it, and with a view to achieving a renaissance of our people the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has decided the following:
First: the Constitution is suspended
Second: The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces shall temporarily administer the affairs of the country for a period of 6 months or until People’s Assembly, Shura Council and Presidential elections are held.
Third: The Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces shall represent it internally and externally.
Fourth: The People’s Assembly and the Shura Council are dissolved.
Fifth: The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces shall issue laws during this transitional period.
Sixth: A committee to amend a number of articles of the constitution shall be established, and a popular referendum shall be held.
Seventh: The government of Dr. Ahmed Mohamed Shafik shall continue its work until a new government is formed.
Eighth: Elections for the People’s Assembly, the Shura Council and the Presidency shall be held.
Ninth: The State is committed to implementing all international treaties and covenants to which it is party.
God is the source of success and support.
Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi
General Commander of the Armed Forces
Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces