Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Uruguay: freed Guantanamo detainees try to adjust to normal life

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Turkey: Inside the Alevi community

Read more

FOCUS

China: A tense Christmas in Wenzhou

Read more

DEBATE

Pope's Scathing Tidings: Pontiff Blasts 'Illnesses' at Vatican's Heart (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Pope's Scathing Tidings: Pontiff Blasts 'Illnesses' at Vatican's Heart

Read more

WEB NEWS

Gaza children draw what their future will look like

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Catholic cardinals get coal for Christmas from Pope Francis

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

François Hollande's Christmas wish list

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Embedded with the Islamic State Group

Read more

Africa

Military hands presidential powers to new PM

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-12-08

Egypt's military rulers delegated presidential powers to caretaker Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri (pictured) Wednesday, but added they would retain control of the army and the judiciary. Ganzouri's cabinet is expected to be sworn in later today.

AFP - Egypt's military rulers on Wednesday gave caretaker premier Kamal al-Ganzuri presidential powers, but added he would have no control over the army or judiciary, a report said.

"The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces delegated presidential powers to Kamal Ganzuri according to the law, but not the armed forces and the judiciary," the official MENA news agency reported.

Ganzuri, a 78-year-old former prime minister during the toppled regime of Hosni Mubarak, was appointed nearly two weeks ago following street protests that led the former caretaker cabinet to resign.

His new cabinet is expected to be sworn in later on Wednesday.

Protesters took to the streets of Cairo again last month to pressure the interim army rulers in the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) to transfer their sweeping control to civilian leaders.

The military has said it would hand over power after presidential elections by the end of June next year.

When former autocrat Hosni Mubarak stepped down in February, the SCAF took control as the ultimate power in the country in a bid to ensure stability.

They have suspended the constitution, meaning the powers of the caretaker cabinet and a new parliament currently being elected, are unclear.

Pro-democracy protesters have accused them of preparing to consolidate their influence and they have made clear they expect to retain supra-constitutional powers in future such as oversight over army related legislation.
 

Date created : 2011-12-07

  • EGYPT

    Islamist parties win 65% in the first round of elections

    Read more

  • EGYPT

    Egyptians vote on second day of landmark elections

    Read more

  • EGYPT

    Protesters rally in Tahrir Square ahead of vote

    Read more

COMMENT(S)