Egypt’s military unveils schedule of power transfer

October 3rd, 2011 - 2:07 am ICT by IANS  

Cairo, Oct 3 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Egypt’s ruling military council Sunday unveiled a schedule of power transfer to a civilian government.

As per the schedule, the People’s Assembly, the lower house of Egypt’s parliament, will convene for sessions in the second half of January 2012, immediately after the election results are announced.

The Consultative Council, the upper house of Egypt’s parliament, will start its work March 24.

Both the Houses will hold a joint session to elect the committee for drafting country’s new Constitution in the last week of March or in the first week of April, though there is no mention of how long it could take to write Egypt’s new fundamental law.

After the draft Constitution is prepared, the military will hold a referendum to approve the document.

A presidential campaign will kick off in Egypt the next day after the referendum results are announced. Presidential elections will be held within 45-60 days after the Constitution is endorsed.

After that, the military will hand over power to civilians, the media reported.

The announcement comes amid growing popular dissatisfaction with how the reforms are being conducted by the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF).

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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