A Statement from the School of Law at Cairo University
Issued from a Panel Discussion held on the 7th of February 2011 (02-07-2011) about constitutional and legal solutions to meeting the demands of the popular revolution.
On Monday February 7th, 2011 the caretakers of the law at the Law School of Cairo University gathered together, and after analytically and intellectually fruitful discussions of the parameters of constitutional thought, and of what is best for our country in order to find harmony with the onrush and revolution of this nation’s youth—which has received a warm welcome and communal support from the nation’s various factions, and which was presented to the nation following a pure conscience in response to the developments which have struck the entire nation’s sentiment—the results which this panel has arrived at are presented to this great people for the benefit of the nation, at this historical crossroads for our beloved Egypt. The discussion concluded the following:
First: Complete and comprehensive support for the January 25, 2011 Revolution sparked by the pure youth of Egypt, and which all the various communities in Egypt joined, to demand freedom, democracy, and rule of law, and realize social justice and hold accountable the corrupt and those who have toyed with the destiny of this nation, while paying tribute to the blood shed by martyrs for the sake of the nation’s freedom and the dignity of its citizens.
Second: The fall of the legitimacy of the current regime.
Third: Appeal to the President of the Republic to yield to the popular will, which the masses have expressed.
Fourth: The necessity for immediate dissolution of the Parliament and the Consultative Council due to the impossibility for them to hold sessions because of the final court rulings nullifying the elections in a number of the districts.
Fifth: The call for a foundational committee to draft a new constitution for the country that is in sync with the current phase, on the condition that all political inclinations and organizations of civil society and the entire spectrum of the people are represented in this committee.
Sixth: The transfer of the president’s powers to the Vice President in accordance with a correct interpretation of Articles 82 and 139 of the constitution, which allows for this measure.
Seventh: The expansion of the current government’s formation in order that it becomes a transitional government aimed at national recovery.
Eighth: The issuance of national decrees providing the right to establish parties, and empowering citizens of their rights for elections and nominations.
Ninth: The speedy reformation of the nation’s powers in accordance with the new constitution.
Tenth: The immediate abolishment of the implementation of the State of Emergency
On Behalf of The Attendees,
Dean of the College (Of Law)
Translated by Alexander Brock
Translation reviewed by Yasmeen Mekawy