Egypt's higher military council met two major demands of demonstrators by dissolving parliament and suspending the constitution Sunday. The military rulers also announced that they will stay in power for six months or until an election.
AP - Egypt’s military leaders dissolved parliament and suspended the constitution Sunday, meeting two key demands of protesters who have been keeping up pressure for immediate steps to transition to democratic, civilian rule after forcing Hosni Mubarak out of power.
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.
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 in formed - a step that is not expected to happen until after elections. The ruling military council reiterated that it would abide by all of Egypt’s international treaties agreed in the Mubarak era, most importantly the peace treaty with Israel.
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“You have done this inhuman act,” one of the Tahrir protesters said to the police. “We no longer trust you.”
Date created : 2011-02-13