Monday, February 7, 2011

Statement issued by The Faculty of Law at Cairo University

Translation by Heba Habib

Statement from Cairo University- faculty of law
Issued from the discussion forum held on 7/2/2011 around legal and constitutional solutions to meet the needs of the Peoples revolution

On Monday the 7th of February 2011 the professors  of  the faculty of law at Cairo university  met  and after many fruitful discussions and thorough analysis of the parameters of  constitutional thought and what is best for our country in order for  it to  correspond with  the  great leap & the  revolution of the Youth of the Nation which has both been welcomed  and backed by  many communities within the nation , presented to the nation from a pure conscience  and in reaction to the  new developments that have affected the  entire nation's  sentiments . Presented here to the great Egyptian nation are the results which the forum has reached in regards to what must be done for the good of the nation at this historical juncture in our beloved country
The forum has reached the following conclusions:

Firstly : To completely support and back The revolution of the 25th of January  which was sparked by the pure and uncorrupted Youth of Egypt in which all the diverse communities of Egypt joined to demand freedom , democracy and the sovereignty of the law , the achievement of social justice and calling to account the corrupt and those who have hindered the fate of this nation and honoring the blood of the martyrs which was spilt in the cause of the nations freedom and upholding the dignity of the citizen.

Secondly – Withdrawing all legitimacy from the current regime

Thirdly – Calling upon the President of the Republic to comply with the will of the nation as expressed by the public

Fourth - The Necessity of the instant dissolution of both Parliament and the Shura Council due to the impossibility of their meeting as a result of final sentences issued from the High Constitutional court which nullify the results of the elections in many constituencies

Fifth- A call for the creation of a founding committee devoted to the creation of a new constitution that is in accordance with the current phase, with the condition that all political ideologies are represented in this committee as well as civil society organizations and all Egyptian communities

Sixth – The delegation of all presidential powers to the vice president, as permitted by Articles 82 and 139 of the constitution in accordance with their correct interpretation

Seventh – The expansion of the current structure of the government in order for it to be an interim government dedicated to the nations recovery

Eighth-  The issuance of decrees from the republic  which would create laws that launch the right to create political parties and allowing  citizens the rights of election and nomination for public office

Ninth- The swift restructuring of the state authorities in accordance with the new constitution

Tenth – The immediate termination of the enforcement of the Emergency law

Signed on behalf of the attendees
Dr Ahmed Awad Belal
Dean of the Faculty of Law


  1. Thanks so much for translating this.

    It is good to see them taking a firm stand, but I they seem to imply the inclusion of Suleiman and a few other cronies in the transitional government, and I don't understand the need for that.

  2. I did not translate this. Someone else did. I scour the internet for information sometimes.

    Some of the posts are me, others are ones I have compiled.

  3. Il s'agit de propositions sages et pleines de bon sens. Peut être que Moubarak a besoin du feu vert d'Obama.
    Il faudrait tout de même qu'une commission se penche sur les fortunes mal acquises du clan Moubarak et des profiteurs du régime. S'il s'agit de sommes colossales, elles se ront la bienvenue au peuple égyptien

  4. As the movement continues, the strength of the movement will increase. I've never been prouder of my Egyptian Heritage.

  5. I am so glad to see this. It appears more and more Egyptians, especially considering they can be easily identified, are stepping into the light to take part in this movement. Around the world, we support you with our continued vigilance to ensure the protest remains the number one story in the news. To the current regime, the world continues to hold your feet to the fire. Get 'er done already and get out!

  6. This statement has all the emotional appeal of an orphan who's been informed that his parents may still be alive, and as cruel at the same time.

    There has never been -- never in the entire history of humanity -- a revolution that has turned evil into good. The most that can be expected has already been accomplished: A catalytic event that set an irreversible course into change. The nature of the change is yet to be determined.

    When exiting the Constitutional Convention where the U.S. constitution was drafted, Benjamin Franklin was approached by a woman who asked what sort of government the delegates had created. His answer: “A republic, if you can keep it.” Perfect advice for the Egyptian nation at this historic time. Americans are still struggling to keep their republic two centuries later. It's not easy.

    Be wise, Egypt, do not lose focus, do not compromise essential values, do not lose the dream. But also, do not be hasty, angry, or vengeful. You are not doing this for the present generation, your are doing it for your grandchildren's grandchildren.

  7. I would think that the Law School's formal opinion should carry a fair amount of weight and hopefully invite a similar statement from the highest Court in the land. If anything had the power to be the tipping point, surely it would be that. It is very heartening to see support emerge in important places.

  8. This could be a reality or something close to it. What about adding to number 2 and striking 6. Get rid of entire current regime and make a council.. one or two people from each state or city to head up the council. Not one leader but many interim leaders and possibly instead of a President in the future how about many presidents, a president or two from each region or state to form a large council that represents the interests of their people.

  9. The new Constitution could allow for many presidents to govern together from all regions of Egypt in order to pragmatically represent the people and there should be some equality rules so that political campaigns are not driven by money and presidential seats can not be purchased by rich and wealthy people.

  10. It seems the understanding is that Suleiman is a temporary fixture, although this might be made more explicit - for example, by mentioning that free elections should be held within several months. (BrindisMom)

  11. regarding Sixth – The delegation of all presidential powers to the vice president, as permitted by Articles 82 and 139 of the constitution in accordance with their correct interpretation...what i know is?
    في حالة خلو منصب رئيس الجمهورية أو عجزه الدائم عن العمل يتولي الرئاسة مؤقتا رئيس مجلس الشعب، وإذا كان المجلس منحلا حل محله رئيس المحكمة الدستورية العليا، وذلك بشرط ألا يرشح أيهما للرئاسة، مع التقيد بالحظر المنصوص عليه في الفقرة الثانية من المادة82.
    ويتم اختيار رئيس الجمهورية خلال مدة لا تتجاوز ستين يوما من تاريخ خلو منصب الرئاسة

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  13. I am proud to say I am both a law student at Cairo University and the translator of this statement - thank you so much for spreading it !

    Heba Habib

  14. I am a law student at Cairo University.

    As far as I know, Dr. Ahmed Awad Belal is no longer the dean, no?

  15. I hope and pray that you take your time and create a system that is genuinely Egyptian and truly democratic for today and tomorrow.

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