Constitutional declaration before elections is possible, says deputy PM

A new constitutional declaration might be issued before parliamentary elections if public opinion reaches a consensus on it, Deputy Prime Minister Ali al-Selmy said Tuesday.

“We will work on establishing constitutional principles by combining all documents proposed by different political powers,” he said.

If the document receives public approval, then a new constitutional declaration will be issued before elections, he said.

Egypt is going through a historic stage, Selmy said, and its political regime is transforming from a corrupt one to a democratic one that enjoys freedom.

“Nobody will be allowed to abuse the 25 January revolution to achieve personal goals,” he said.

He emphasized that Egypt will remain a “civil state" based on law and democracy where people have the right to participate, criticize and decide their futures for themselves.

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