25 OCTOBER 1930, Page 3

The Egyptian Reforms

With the return of the Egyptian Government to Cairo after the summer recess parliamentary reform enters its final phase. The object is to remedy the obvious defects of the present electoral law in a pre- dominantly agricultural country and at the same time to increase the efficiency of the Cabinet. It is not proposed to encroach in any way upon the fundamental liberties guaranteed by the Constitution. The Liberals, with whom Sidky Pasha has been in consultation, are firmly opposed to any new Constitution. They contend that the necessary changes can be effected by Royal Decree. It would seem, however, that several clauses in the Constitution would have to be deleted, since they embody those very provisions in the electoral law which arc to be changed. * * * *