CAIRO — A subcommittee of Egypt’s constitutional panel agreed Monday that the Parliament can be dissolved only by a presidential decree after a referendum.
The committee also decided that under the new constitution, which is in the process of being drafted, the president will be the supreme commander of the armed forces, the state-run Ahram Gate reported, citing Salah Abdel Maaboud, a committee member.
The president also will have the power to declare war, subject to Parliament’s approval, it said.
The decision is likely to raise tensions in the political arena between the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which took interim power after the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, and the Muslim Brotherhood, which dominated the now-disbanded Parliament.
President Mohammed Morsi comes from the ranks of the Islamist group.
The National Front alliance — a group of democracy advocates, secularists, and moderate Islamists behind the uprising that drove Mubarak from power — has said that Morsi has reneged on campaign promises to form a national unity government.