Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour adopted a temporary constitution, almost a week after he was appointed by the military to head the Arab world's most populous country following the overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.
The constitutional declaration issued Monday outlines a timetable for the transition period which begins the day the declaration was issued and lasts at least six months until presidential elections are held.
Here are key points from the constitutional declaration.
-The president is to form a panel of judicial experts to draft amendments to the suspended 2012 constitution within 15 days.
- The panel will be given 30 days to finalize the amendments.
- The panel will then refer the amendments to a larger 50-member committee representing all segments of society, including political parties, workers, farmers, syndicates, Al-Azhar, the Egyptian church, the army, police and other public figures.
- The committee has 60 days to finalize the draft constitution.
- Once the president receives the final draft, he has 30 days to put the amended constitution to a popular referendum.
- The president has 15 days to call parliamentary elections from the day the constitution is approved.
- Parliamentary elections will be held within two months of the president's call for election.
- The president will then call presidential elections within one week of parliament's first session.
-The interim president holds legislative power until a parliament is elected.
- The president also approves state policy and budget and has the power to declare a state of emergency, following the approval of the cabinet.
- A state of emergency can only be put in place for three months, and can be renewed for further three month periods subject to approval by popular referendum.