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The 2007 Constitutional Amendments in Egypt, and Their Implications on the Balance of Power

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Though its constitution had already been amended in 2005, Egypt went through a new constitutional revision in 2007. The amendments were officially justified by the need to modernize the constitution, and to reestablish a balance between the state powers. Through an analysis of the request presented by President Mubarak, and of the text of the amendments, of the counter proposals presented by opposition and civil society groups, of articles published in governmental and independent newspapers, this article will examine the content of the constitutional amendments of 2005 and 2007. If some revisions, aiming at diminishing the presidential nature of the regime, and increasing its parliamentary dimension, were generally well received, other amendments were often perceived as reinforcing the authoritarian character of the regime.

Affiliations: 1: Senior researcher, French Institute of Research for Development (IRD), Egypt

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