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Egypt military wants to oversee constitution draft
Egypt military rulers want to oversee drafting of constitution to make it representative
By The Associated Press

CAIRO (AP) ' Egypt's military rulers say they will appoint a consultative body to guide the drafting of the country's new constitution so it will represent the whole political spectrum and limit influence of religious extremists.

Gen. Mukhtar Mulla, a member of Egypt's ruling military council, said Wednesday the new body will be announced by next week and will oversee the process of drafting the constitution along with the new parliament and the Cabinet.

The body is intended to counterbalance a parliament that will be dominated by Islamists.



In theory, the newly elected parliament is entrusted to form a 100-member constituent assembly to write the new constitution.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

CAIRO (AP) ' Egypt's military ruler has sworn-in a new government that he says will have more powers than its predecessor.

Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi promised to transfer some of his ruling military council's executive powers to Prime Minister Kamal el-Ganzouri.

The military did not go into specifics on what new powers the Cabinet will have but said only that it will continue to control the judiciary and the armed forces. Military rulers have been tightly in control of managing the country's affairs since Hosni Mubarak stepped down in February, irking critics who are demanding civilian rule.

The new government replaces an interim administration that resigned in the wake of deadly clashes between security and protesters last month.


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