We had a feeling this provisional Egyptian military government was gonna bring some interesting developments.
Egypt’s military dissolved parliament and will run the country for six months or until elections are held, it said in a statement Sunday, two days after President Hosni Mubarak resigned.
It is suspending the constitution and will appoint a committee to propose changes to it, the statement said, adding that the public will then get to vote on the amended constitution.
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces can issue new laws during the transition period, according to the statement on state television.
The government is now reporting to the military high command in the same way it reported to Mubarak before he stepped down, the prime minister confirmed shortly before the military statement was read.
The restoration of security and normal life is the government’s priority, Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq said, as troops began trying to clear protesters from Tahrir Sqaure, the spiritual heart of the 18-day uprising that toppled Mubarak after 30 years.
That could take time, Shafiq acknowledged in his first comments to the press since Mubarak stepped down.
“The feeling of the lack of security which started when the situation began has to end,” he said. “It will end gradually, but not as fast as we want.”
He also said he was reviewing candidates to fill vacant government ministries, adding that no one who was not acceptable to the public would be appointed. His remarks were carried live on state television.
A prominent Egyptian activist credited with helping spark the revolution warned against taking too long.
“Biggest mistake now is to give the Egyptian people too little too slow. Restoring confidence requires a faster pace,” Wael Ghonim said on Twitter.
Crowds of uniformed police officers joined demonstrations in Cairo on Sunday, with protesters carrying officers on their shoulders amid cheers of “police and people are one.”
One policeman said they wanted higher pay, claiming that the army is paid four times as much as the police. Several hundred were protesting at the Ministry of the Interior, some in uniform and some in plain clothes.
The scene came as a contrast to the violent clashes between demonstrators and police that took place during the initial days of protests prior to Mubarak’s resignation from the presidency.
We hope things continue to move in the right direction.