Sunday, February 13, 2011
Egyptian parliament disbanded, constitution suspended
The Egyptian army has dissolved parliament and suspended the constitution, two days after Hosni Mubarak, stepped down. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces announced on Sunday that it would remain in charge of the country for six months until a new government is formed. The military council announced the move in a statement on state television.It added that it will form a panel to amend the constitution before submitting the changes to a popular referendum.
The announcement came shortly after Egypt's prime minister announced that the cabinet appointed by Mubarak shortly before he stepped down, would stay in place. Ahmed Shafiq, speaking after his first cabinet meeting since Mubarak left on Friday, said Egypt's caretaker government will remain for the country's transition towards democracy. He said that security would remain a priority and pledged to fight corruption and restore peace in the country.
'The first priority for this government is to restore security and to facilitate daily life for its citizens," he said. "I guarantee that this will return rights to the people and fight corruption. On the future of vice-president Suleiman, appointed by Mubarak last month, Shafiq said: "The role of Omar Suleiman will be defined by the Higher Military Council.'
Earlier, troops took control of Tahrir Square to let traffic through central Cairo as the army struggled to return life to normal. Part of the tents were removed and a path for traffic created. Some of the protesters have vowed to remain in the square till all of their demands, incuding the lifting of the stse of emergency and the freeing of all preoliticale prisoners haven been met.
Interior Minister Mahmoud Wagdy has said Egypt needs 'the speedy return of the police to duty' saying 13,000 inmates who escape from prison early in the uprising were still on the run.
The military on Sunday prohibited all labor unrest, strikes or meetings of labor unions or professional associations and appealed on all Egyptians to go back to work.