Egypt sets six-month target for elections

Posted: February 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

Egypt’s new military rulers tried to reassure protesters they were sincere about political reform, announcing they were suspending the constitution, dissolving parliament, and setting a six-month target for full elections. The Supreme Military Council issued “Communique Number 5” granting itself almost unlimited powers and confirming that Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, the defence minister, was effective head of state.

But after the army sent shock waves through the remaining protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square by sending in troops to clear them away early Sunday morning, the Council also reasserted that it had seized power only to give it up.

“The Supreme Council will run the affairs of the country on a temporary basis for six months or until the end of parliamentary and presidential elections,” it said.


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