NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Clashes between protesters and security forces in Cairo left at least 24 people dead Monday as activists opposed the military's push to seize leadership of Egypt's government.

Activists and Islamists took to Cairo's Tahrir Square to combat the military leadership throwing stones and firebombs, while police forces responded with rubber bullets and tear gas, according to The Associated Press.

The clashes came a week ahead of the first parliamentary elections since Egyptians ousted former President Hosni Mubarak.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces will continue to hold power as head of state even after holding elections, according to the AP. This has infuriated many Egyptians.

"Power is now in the hands of the military council, which is not qualified to run the country, and the government, which has no authority," Nobel Peace laureate Mohamed ElBaradei said on a TV political talk show late Sunday, according to the AP. ElBaradei said that he wanted the military to fulfill its duties of defending the country and to hand power to a civilian, national unity government.

The Supreme Council said that it didn't intend to extend the transitional time frame and that it would not hinder democratic transition.

-- Written by Joe Deaux in New York.

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