CAIRO: The National Association for Change rejects any continuance of the Shura Council, according to coordinator Ahmed Bahaa al-Deen Shabaan.
“We reject the continuance of the Shura Council discussed by the 50-Member Committee, which would allow the council broader legislative powers, and would rename it al-Sheyookh Council,” Shabaan said in a statement to Youm7 on Monday.
The Shura Council served as an advisory body for issuing laws and other legislation to be presented to the Parliament. Although the previous council was dissolved on July 3 as part of the military ouster of Mohamed Morsi, a provision for a council still exists in the draft constitution under discussion by the 50-member committee, which is tasked with presenting a final draft for a general referendum within 60 working days.
Shabaan said “The Shura Council serves only as a place for selecting people to be honored by allocating hundreds of millions of pounds for them, at a time of economic crisis. It would be foolish to spend almost a billion pounds on symbolic elections that would not benefit the country in any way.”