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Egypt to finish constitutional amendments in 10 days

02-16-2011 07:26 BJT

CAIRO, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- Egyptian Supreme Council of the Armed Forces on Tuesday set a period of 10 days for the constitutional amendment committee to finish its task, while reaffirming it would hand over power within six months.

The military council formed the committee on Tuesday in the presence of Minister of Defense and Head of Supreme Council of the Armed Forces Hussein Tantawi and Sami Anan, the chief-of-staff of the armed forces.

The committee will be chaired by Tareq el-Beshry, a respected former head of Egyptian supreme constitutional court.

Members of the committee include three constitutional experts and three judges, as well as a representative of the Muslim Brotherhood, the country's prominent opposition group which is officially banned.

El-Beshry said the committee, which doesn't have a working mechanism yet, was appointed to amend the constitution in a way that help maintain the nation's sovereignty and prompt democracy.

Tantawi urged the committee to finish its task on time to alleviate the anger of the protesters and make them feel secure regarding the army's credibility.

The military's supreme council also said on Tuesday it hopes to end its mission and transfer powers in the next six months to a civilian authority and a president who is elected in free and fair elections that truly reflect the will of the people, the state news agency MENA reported.

"The council affirmed that it is not seeking power, the current situation was imposed on the armed forces and that they will not betray people's trust," it said in a statement.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces announced Sunday in communique No. 5 that they will suspend the constitution, dissolve the parliament, and form a panel to draft a new constitution for the country before submitting it to a popular referendum.

Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak confirmed changes of five articles of the constitution and deletion of article 179 in his speech last Thursday, when he handed power to Vice President Omar Suleiman.

 

 

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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