Egypt panel proposes 4-yr presidential term

Tens of thousands of Egyptians wave Egyptian flags as they gather in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt. Egyptians gathered for another Friday of mass protests to celebrate one month since the beginning of the uprising which forced president Hosni Mubarak to step down, and call for reform. (EPA)

A judicial committee formed to draft changes to Egypt's constitution on Saturday proposed curbing the length of the president's term to four years and imposing a two-term limit on a leader.

Tariq al-Bishri, head of the judicial committee formed by Egypt's ruling military council, was speaking to journalists in Cairo. The current presidential term is six years without any limit on the number of terms.

President Hosni Mubarak was serving in his fifth, six-year term when he was toppled by a mass uprising on Feb. 11.

The constitutional amendments are to be put to a national referendum ahead of parliamentary and presidential elections the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has promised to hold within six months.

Bishri said amendments to 11 articles of the constitution would be put to referendum and a new one drawn up after elections.

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