Egypt: Army Dissolves Parliament

Egypt's military has dissolved parliament and suspended the constitution, military leaders promise to be out in six months.

Maayana Miskin , | updated: 5:40 PM

Egyptian military
Egyptian military
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The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces of Egypt, which has taken power following the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, announced Sunday that it is dissolving the Egyptian parliament. The dissolution was seen as a step toward meeting popular demand to oust the entire government.

Many Egyptians do not believe the parliament was genuinely elected. The government was accused of corruption and falsifying results in recent elections, in which government officials claimed a landslide victory for Mubarak's party.

The Supreme Council also announced that it was suspending the constitution. Council leaders said again that they plan to step down when new leaders are elected, and added that they plan to hold new elections within six months.

Elections will include voting for both the upper and lower houses of parliament as well as for a new president.

Opposition leaders called on the Supreme Council to take the further steps of lifting the Emergency Law, which has been in force for decades, and releasing political prisoners.

Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq also made an announcement Sunday. He stated that the Egyptian economy is “stable,” and that the temporary military government would focus on security.