Amendments to the Constitution

Amendments to the Constitution

- Constitution of Egypt

Chapter 1: Amendments to the Constitution

Article 217: Preliminary procedures

The amendment of one or more of the Constitution articles may be requested by thePresident of the Republic or the Council of Representatives. The request specifiesthe articles to be amended and the reasons for the amendments, and if initiated bythe Council of Representatives is signed by at least five members of the Council of Representatives.

In all cases, the Council of Representatives and Shura Council debate the request within 30 days from the date of its receipt. Each council issues its decision to acceptthe request in whole or in part by two- thirds majority of its members.

If the request is rejected, the same amendments may not be requested again before the next legislative term.

Article 218: Parliamentary approval and referendum

If the amendment request is approved by both chambers, each of them discusses thetext of the articles to be amended within 60 days from the date of approval. Ifapproved by a two-thirds majority of each chamber, the amendment is put to public referendum within 30 days from the date of approval.

The amendment is effective from the date on which the referendum’s result is announced.


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