Thursday, 17 February 2011
Egypt's Supreme Military Council settles into its role
Umar Suleiman, who has not been heard of since 11th February, said that power was being handed over to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces. Shortly afterward, the Council confirmed that it would take over the administration of the State for a period of six months or until parliamentary and presidential elections could be held. It suspended the constitution and dissolved parliament, and said it would rule by decree.
The chair of the Supreme Military Council (Field Marshall Hussein Tantawi) would represent it “internally and externally” while the Council would set up a committee to amend the constitution and prepare for a popular referendum to endorse its proposals. In the meantime, the government led by former commander of the Air Force, Ahmad Shafik, would continue as before until a new one can be formed.
Crucially, the Council announced that it accepts all of Egypt's international agreements. A move intended to show that it was committed to the peace treaty with Israel.
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