Egyptian military imposes martial law

Monday, February 14, 2011
By Paul Martin

Egyptian military dissolves parliament and suspends constitution, but says it will only keep power until elections can be held

By Craig Whitlock and Samuel Sockol
Washington Post Foreign Service

CAIRO – Egypt’s military chiefs seized near-complete control of the country Sunday by dissolving the parliament and suspending the constitution. The leaders of the armed forces, however, said they would only keep power for six months, or until new elections can be held.
In the meantime, the Supreme Military Council said it would exercise self-asserted authority to decree new laws and maintain stability, according to a communiqué read on state television. The generals also said they would appoint a committee to overhaul the constitution and put the proposed changes to a popular vote in a referendum.

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