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Egypt army orders last protesters out of Tahrir square (Reuters)
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Published 16:28 13.02.11
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Egypt's military moves to dissolve parliament, suspend constitution
Statement by Egypt's Armed Forces Supreme Council comes as protesters refuse to evacuate main Cairo square, saying they want to ensure the country's transition to democracy.
By Reuters
Tags: Israel news Egypt protest
Egypt's higher military council said on Sunday it will suspend the constitution, dissolve parliament, and form a committee to draft a new constitution for the country.
An Egyptian soldier trying to calm down the crowd as a protester shouts slogans during a demonstration near Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Feb. 13, 2011.
Photo by: AP
The statement by Egypt's Armed Forces Supreme Council came as thousands of protesters returned to Cairo's Tahrir Square on Sunday, defying a request by the country's ruling military to disperse in the wake of President Hosni Mubarak's ouster over the weekend.
Renewed demonstrations resulted in the desire of many Egyptians to ensure that the military would continue the country's transition toward full democracy.
The high command has given no timetable for transition but tried to reassure with a statement on Saturday, underlining a commitment to democracy and international treaties, aimed particularly at Israel with whom it has a peace treaty.
However, in a statement released on Saturday, Egypt's ruling military indicated that it intended to suspend the county's constitution, as well as dissolve its parliament, en route to redrafting the country's constitution by a specially appointed panel.
The army also said that Egypt's Armed Forces Supreme Council would remain in power for 6 months or until after free elections are held.
In the first response to the army's declaration, Egyptian opposition figure Ayman Nour expressed his satisfaction with the move, saying the statement represented a "victory for the revolution."
In another development concerning the country's transition toward democracy, Egypt's prime minister said on Sunday that the military would determine the role of Omar Suleiman, who was appointed vice president by Mubarak.
"The role of Omar Suleiman will be defined by the Higher Military Council," Ahmed Shafiq said.
Suleiman's position has been in doubt since Mubarak resigned on Friday, handing power to the armed forces.
Earlier Saturday, soldiers and protesters reportedly clashed at the epicenter of Egypt's 18-day long demonstrations, with some protesters saying soldiers had detained their leaders as well as more than 30 people who were taken to an army holding area around the Egyptian Museum.

The army had no immediate comment.
The crowd chanted "peacefully, peacefully" to the troops whose mission on the first day of Egypt's working week was to let commuters through to work in an economy badly damaged by the uprising that ended Mubarak's draconian rule.

Tanks and armored cars were positioned around the square where banners still hung demanding regime change and where people crowded around a makeshift memorial for the roughly 300 people killed in the revolt. Volunteers could be seen clearing rubble.
 
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Methinks the rejoicing was premature
Yonatan
13.02.11
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you realize
Mr. Giggles
13.02.11
20:40
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What planet are you on??? It was a peaceful revolution.
LEEM
13.02.11
20:58
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Egypt's military moves
jn
13.02.11
18:43
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The usual stuff...
e l pratt
13.02.11
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Problem is, the mob doesn't know enough to quit while ahead.
Jasper - Milwaukee
13.02.11
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Don,t get out much do you jasper--ever heard of false promises.
labhras
13.02.11
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Who needs a constitution?
Joyce D
13.02.11
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The Israelis don't have a constitution!
BDS
13.02.11
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A few things of note
Cynical Optimist
13.02.11
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Are you serious?
Joyce D
13.02.11
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The repercussion are already being felt in the region
Roukoz
13.02.11
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Obama plays his $ leverale on Egyptian army.
I.K., Israel
13.02.11
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Stuff...
Yosemite
13.02.11
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Stuff...
Yosemite
13.02.11
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Military regime is the Egypt's democracy
Boruch
13.02.11
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Mubarak's revenge
Logios
13.02.11
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You need to deal with reality as it is; not as you wish
Nabu
13.02.11
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Who is being criticized by me, Mr N?
Logios
13.02.11
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Operative constitution
Sami
13.02.11
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Nabu, listen to papa. Logios knows best!
Marduk
13.02.11
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Calm down and think -
Nabu
13.02.11
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Ignore Logios Nabu
Wendy
13.02.11
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Logios
Nabu
13.02.11
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Poor Nabu
Craig
13.02.11
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Wrong Wendy
JN
13.02.11
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Nabu- never use Logios' own "phrases" against him
Claire
13.02.11
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Mr Nabu, Close your euyes for a moment and think...
Canadian Observer
13.02.11
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You got it JN - congratulations
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13.02.11
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LEEM
13.02.11
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What is wishful thinking (Nabu, Wendy, the Crowd of Nudniks)
Logios
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Good step
Rammer
13.02.11
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They don't keep just an eye on every move, but 2 million eyes....
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13.02.11
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