SCLR is transitional parliament, lacks legislative authority: experts
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The Supreme Committee for Legislative Reform (SCLR), formed by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, is essential for Egypt as a “transitional parliament,” political analyst and head of the U.S. Studies Center in Economics and Political Faculty at Cairo University Nourhan al-Sheikh said Sunday.

Sisi issued on June 16 a presidential decree of forming the SCLR to prepare and mull over the draft laws in compliance with Egypt’s 2014 Constitution.

After revising and finalizing a draft law, SCLR will be tasked with referring it back to the Cabinet, which will then present it to the State Council’s legislation department for final revision, state-owned Al-Ahram reported on June 16.

The committee however could be dissolved by the time of electing new lawmakers in the next parliamentary elections scheduled mid-July, Sheikh told The Cairo Post.

“Sisi does not want to have all legislative and executive powers; so he shuns himself the legislative power. In contrast, former interim President Adly Masnour passed many laws since he is a constitutional authority,” she added.

After Sisi’s presidential inauguration on June 8, Mansour was reinstated as the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court.

However, former Ministry of Justice Mohamed Abdel-Aziz al-Gendy told The Cairo Post Sunday that the committee’s role is just preparing the drafts law and the president still has the legislative powers as long as the parliament (the House of the Representatives) is not elected yet.

SCLR can legally be dissolved or resume its role after parliament elections to which its draft laws could be referred, Gendy said. The Supreme Constitutional Court as well has the legal authority to appeal against the laws drafted by the committee in case that these laws were passed.

Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab was assigned as head of the committee, according to the presidential decree. He presided Saturday the preparatory meeting of the committee to pick the new members, Youm7 reported.

The meeting was attended by the Ministers of Justice and Transitional Period, specialists, and representatives from the concerned body.

Although Mahlab lacks the legislative experience, he heads the committee to be a direct link between both executive and legislative powers which are connected to each other, Sheikh said.

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