Egypt's Military Dissolves Parliament

Leadership says it'll run gov't for 6 months
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 13, 2011 8:04 AM CST
Protesters remain on Tahrir Square though the military tries to help people return to normal life in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday morning, Feb. 13, 2011. Protesters were debating whether to lift their 24-hour-a-day...   (Manoocher Deghati)
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(Newser) – Egypt's military leaders dissolved parliament and suspended the constitution on Sunday, meeting two key demands of protesters who have been keeping up pressure for immediate steps to push forward the transition to democratic, civilian rule after forcing Hosni Mubarak out of power. In their latest communique, the military rulers that took over when Mubarak stepped down Friday, said they will run the country for six months, or until presidential and parliament elections can be held.

The military leaders said they were forming a committee to amend the constitution and set rules for popular referendum to endorse the amendments. Both the lower and upper houses of parliament are being dissolved. The last parliamentary elections in November and December were heavily rigged by the ruling party, virtually shutting out any opposition representation. The caretaker Cabinet, which was appointed by Mubarak shortly after the mass pro-democracy protests began on Jan. 25, will remain in place until a new Cabinet is formed _ a step that is not expected to happen until after elections.

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