Egypt to Vote on Constitutional Changes
NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces will oversee a vote on constitutional changes on March 19 as a prelude to the nation's democratic parliamentary elections in June, Reuters reported, citing an army source.
The military has been running the nation since the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak on Feb. 11.
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Youth activists in the Coalition of Revolutionary Youth said the military informed them of the order of upcoming elections and events on Sunday.
"The armed forces council told us the referendum on constitutional amendments would take place on March 19 and the People's Assembly election would be held in June," said coalition member Zyad El-Elaily, according to Reuters. "Presidential elections would be held a month and a half later."The council told the coalition on Sunday that it is "committed to see a civilian government set up within the six-month period and refused to consider extending the period," Elaily said, reflecting its eagerness to hand over power. "The time frame the young people announced is a preliminary timetable for the key events within the coming months," an army source told Reuters when asked about the youth leaders' comments. The proposed constitutional amendments aim to relax restrictions on presidential candidate eligibility and remove autocratic laws that allowed Mubarak to stay in power for three decades. The military vowed to guard against a "counter revolution" on speculation that Mubarak loyalists would try to hold onto power. Protesters gathered in Tahrir Square on Friday to call for Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq's immediate removal, Reuters reported, after he was appointed by Mubarak in his last days in office. --Written by Theresa McCabe in Boston.
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