Egypt constitution draft opens way to presidential poll first

A draft Egyptian constitutionapproved on Sunday says elections must take place no more thansix months from the date of its ratification and opens the wayfor a presidential election to be held before parliamentarypolls.

This marks a potential change to the political road mapoutlined by the army when it deposed Islamist president MohamedMursi in July, which stated that parliamentary elections mustcome first. The amended provision avoids stipulating whichshould take place first.

The change was announced by former Arab League secretarygeneral Amr Moussa, chairman of the 50-member constituentassembly, as it completed its final draft on Sunday. The draftmust be put to a referendum.
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