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Egypt`s military bags sweeping powers

Last Updated: Monday, June 18, 2012 - 10:38

Cairo: Egypt`s ruling military has reportedly issued a declaration that grants itself sweeping powers, including legislative control.

The document issued by the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (Scaf) says that new general elections cannot take place until a permanent Constitution is drawn up.

The document gives the Scaf control over the budget and who writes the permanent Constitution following the uprising that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak.

It also strips the president of any authority over the Army, the BBC reports.

According to the report, prominent political leader Mohammed ElBaradei already described the document as a ‘grave setback for democracy and revolution’.

Meanwhile, the Muslim Brotherhood has said that its candidate, Mohammed Mursi, has won Sunday`s Presidential Election.

Mursi, an Islamist, is competing against Ahmed Shafiq, who served as prime minister under Mubarak.


First Published: Monday, June 18, 2012 - 10:38

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