President will not be 'supreme commander of police'

A panel tasked with amending Egypt's constitution has amended an article related to the police apparatus, removing the phrase "The president of the republic is the supreme commander of the police."

President will not be 'supreme commander of police'

World Bulletin/News Desk

A panel tasked with amending Egypt's constitution has amended an article related to the police apparatus, removing the phrase "The president of the republic is the supreme commander of the police."

"The committee has amended the article, removing the phrase 'The president is the supreme commander of the police' and adding the phrase "The police's allegiance is to the people," Mohamed Abdel-Aziz, assistant rapporteur of the panel's governance committee, said on Tuesday.

According to the suspended constitution, Egypt's police apparatus is described as a "civilian, regular authority, whose supreme commander is the president of the republic."

In August, interim President Adly Mansour issued a decree removing the phrase "allegiance to the president" from the formal oath taken by new army officers.

The powerful military suspended Egypt's constitution – endorsed late last year via popular referendum – following elected President Mohamed Morsi's July 3 ouster by the military.

Under an army-imposed roadmap for post-Morsi transition, the constitution is to be amended, followed by parliamentary and presidential elections.

Last Mod: 25 Eylül 2013, 10:38
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