Constitutional Authority and Subversion: Egypt's New Presidential Election System

41 Pages Posted: 7 May 2010 Last revised: 26 May 2010

Date Written: May 5, 2010


This article examines the 2005 amendments to the Egyptian constitution that were intended to change the presidential selection system from a single-nominee referendum to a multi-candidate election. Through a careful study of the amendments and the related laws, it shows that while on the surface this amendment looks as though it opens the presidential elections to multiple candidates, its actual goal is to perpetuate the rule of President Mubarak and his National Democratic Party. Further, by entrenching the new election system through a detailed constitutional amendment, the Egyptian regime has subverted the powers of the Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) to score a significant victory for the executive and legislative branches in their ongoing cold war with the SCC.

Keywords: Egypt, constitution

JEL Classification: K33, K39

Suggested Citation

Stilt, Kristen, Constitutional Authority and Subversion: Egypt's New Presidential Election System (May 5, 2010). Indiana International & Comparative Law Review, Vol. 16, No. 2, p. 335, 2005-2006, Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 10-15, Available at SSRN:

Kristen Stilt (Contact Author)

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Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law ( email )

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