Amr Moussa: Egypt bound for political crisis

The mutual attacks between Egypt’s military leaders and the Muslim Brotherhood indicate that Egypt is headed toward a state of political crisis, presidential hopeful Amr Moussa said Sunday.

In an interview with Al-Hayat satellite channel, Moussa added that he fears political instability if Parliament is dissolved now.

The former Arab League secretary general said he rules out any possibility that the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces will intervene in the upcoming presidential election.

He said fears that he previously expressed of a possible SCAF intervention came in response to the military promulgated idea of having a “consensus president,” an idea which did not find popularity among the country’s citizens, he said.

Moussa said he opposed the suggestion of electing half of the members of the constitution-writing assembly from Parliament from the start, wanting a more diverse mix of members.

He disapproved of the fact that the constituent assembly only has six women and a few youths.  

The protests that erupted following the announcement of the composition of the constituent assembly prove that the people are dissatisfied with its makeup, the presidential hopeful said.

He said the constitution should not be monopolized by a majority or a minority, and that it requires consensus.

The lack of experience on the part of Parliament members and political parties has led to the political crisis, Moussa said, warning that the same could happen with the presidential election.

Moussa said the presidential system is the most appropriate for Egypt now, provided that the powers of every branch of the state are well-defined so that they complement each other.

The parliamentary system is not suitable for Egypt because political actors are still not mature enough, he said, adding that the parliamentary system could replace the presidential one in 10 years.

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