Mideast Unrest Spreads
Protests Target Iran, Bahrain, Libya;
Egypt Dissolves Parliament, Sets Elections
By MARGARET COKER, MATT BRADLEY and
CAIRO – As Egypt’s new military leadership suspended the constitution, dissolved parliament and promised fresh elections, demands for similar political reform swept across the Arab world – from Libya to Iran – following the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak.
Egypt’s dramatic moves incorporate many demands issued during the mass demonstrations by doing away with the institutional framework that buttressed Mr. Mubarak’s three-decade rule. But the military’s new road map for governing Egypt in the short term came down by fiat, without input from the political opposition, raising questions about how deeply the military understands the democratic process and the demands of modern politics.