Egypt’s Military Suspends Constitution And Dissolves Parliament

Posted by | February 13, 2011 10:07 | Filed under: Top Stories

Egypt’s military leaders have suspended the Constitution and dissolved parliament, meeting the demands of protesters as moves toward civilian rule.

The protesters had been pressing the ruling military council to immediately move forward with the transition process by appointing a presidential council, dissolving the parliament and releasing detainees.

“In a country like Egypt, with a pharaonic legacy, having no president and no head of state is not easy,” said Amr el-Shobaky, a member of the Committee of Wise Men – a self-appointed group of prominent figures who are allied with the protesters and helping mediate in the crisis.

In their latest communique, the ruling council said it will run the country for six months, or until presidential and parliament elections can be held. It said it was forming a committee to amend the constitution and set the rules for popular referendum to endorse the amendments.

Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq (pictured) says security is of primary concern, which is why the current cabinet, appointed by former President Mubarak after protests began on January 25, will remain in place for the time being.

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By: Alan

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