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Vol 55 No 12

Published 13th June 2014


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El Sisi is concentrating on building a political power base and leaving trusted technocrats to tackle the tough economic challenges ahead

With the formalities of yesterday's presidential inauguration behind him, Field Marshal Abdel Fatah Khalil el Sisi's key new challenge is to ensure that he wins a solid majority in general elections due in September or October. He also has to set the economy on a course towards higher growth and fiscal sustainability. The new constitution, passed in January's referendum, dictates the need for a secure parliamentary base. The President must obtain parliamentary approval for his or her choice of Prime Minister, failing which the largest party in Parliament nominates the head of government. The constitution has also enshrined the separation of powers between executive and legislature, although it states that neither the Prime Minister nor members of the cabinet may be serving members of parliament.

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