Egypt parliament dissolved, constitution suspended

Egypt Parliament Dissolved, Constitution Suspended

Egypt’s military rulers dissolved the country’s parliament and suspended the constitution on Sunday, two days after the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.

They would remain in power for 6 months or until after free elections are held, the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces said in a statement. Both the upper and lower houses of parliament are being dissolved, but the caretaker cabinet appointed by Mubarak will remain until a new cabinet is formed. The council can issue new laws during the transition period, but promised a peaceful shift from military regime to a civilian elected government.

“The first priority for this government is to restore security and to facilitate daily life for its citizens,” Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq said. “I guarantee that this [cabinet] will return rights to the people and fight corruption.”

Thousands of Egyptians gathered yesterday at Tahrir Square helping to clear rubbish left by demonstrators as troops took control to let traffic through central Cairo. The Egyptians plan a massive demonstration on Friday to celebrate the revolution and honor those killed.