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Al Jazeera reported:

Egypt’s military has dissolved parliament and suspended the constitution, two days after Hosni Mubarak, the long-serving president, stepped down in the wake of a popular uprising.

The country’s Supreme Council of Armed Forces announced on Sunday that it would remain in charge of the country for six months until a new government is formed.

The military council announced the move in a statement on state television, adding that it would form a panel to amend the constitution before submitting the changes to a popular referendum.

The announcement came shortly after Egypt’s prime minister announced that the cabinet appointed by Mubarak shortly before he stepped down, would stay in place.

Ahmed Shafiq, speaking after his first cabinet meeting since Mubarak left on Friday, said Egypt’s caretaker government will remain for the country’s transition towards democracy.

He said that security would remain a priority and pledged to fight corruption and restore peace in the country, following 18 days of pro-democracy protests.

“The first priority for this government is to restore security and to facilitate daily life for its citizens,” he said. “I guarantee that this [cabinet] will return rights to the people and fight corruption.”

But our correspondent noted that “one thing that wasn’t in that communique that protesters have asked for, was the repeal of emergency laws”.

Feb 11, 2011

News breaks just now: Mubarak has resigned. USA Today seems to be the first authoritative news source on the web to report this:

Update at 11:08 a.m. ET: Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators erupted in jubilation in Tahrir Square as vice president Omar Suleiman announces that President Mubarak has resigned and called on the army to “run the affairs of the country.”

Earlier on Feb 11, 2011

Xinhua, famous for its extremely bland reportage, notes Mubarak’s latest bid to hang on to power in Egypt:

Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleimnan asked Prime Minister Ahmad Shafik to appoint a deputy prime minister from the “Wise Men Committee”, state TV reported on Friday.

A group of prominent Egyptian independent figures formed this committee earlier this month, calling itself “Wise Men Committee,” and joined the national dialogue with Suleiman and opposition parties, trying to promote a solution to the country’s crisis.

The group of wise men suggested in the dialogue that President Hosni Mubarak hand over power to Suleiman as a compromise between protesters’ demands for Mubarak to leave office immediately and his stated decision to stay on until the end of his term in September.

The committee includes prominent figures like Amr Moussa, secretary general of the Arab league, Ahmad Zwail, laureate of Nobel Prize in physics and the famous businessman Naguib Saweris among others.

President Mubarak said in a televised speech on Thursday night that he will hand over power to Vice President Omar Suleiman, but will not resign, in a response to more than two weeks of mass protests against his 30-year rule.

However, Al Arabiya reported that the situation may be much more fluid:

Amid rapidly changing developments in Egypt and conflicting reports about the nature of power transition, questions about the location of embattled President Hosni Mubarak are taking center stage in different local and international news media.

While Egypt’s state TV reported that Mubarak will deliver a statement live from his palace, earlier Egyptian media reports suggested that Mubarak had already departed to the Sinai resort of Sharm Eshiskh onboard a military airplane and was accompanied by chief of staff of the armed forces, Lt. Gen. Sami Annan.

Other local reports indicated that Mubarak has flown to an “unknown” destination.

US-based Al-Hurra TV reported that Mubarak was flying toward the United Arab Emirates and was expected in Dubai in an hour.

Two main scenarios have been suggested by many political observers.

The first suggests that Mubarak would step aside and delegate his civilian authorities to his Vice President Omar Suleiman and his military authorities to the army.

The second predicts that coup d’état has already taken place and that a high military council is now being formed to run the country for an interim period and name a cabinet to be headed by the current Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq.

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Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

February 11, 2011 at 1:44 pm

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