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Egypt: Army to suspend constitution, legislature

July 2nd, 2013 1:28 pm by HAMZA HENDAWI,Associated Press; MAGGIE MICHAEL,Associated Press

Egypt: Army to suspend constitution, legislature

A police helicopter flies over the presidential palace, as a man flashes the victory sign, in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's state news agency says the military has drawn up a plan to suspend the Islamist-backed constitution, dissolve the Islamist-dominated legislature, and set up an interim administration if President Mohammed Morsi fails to reach a solution with his opponents.

The agency's report Tuesday provides the first details of the road map the military has said it will implement if a deadline it set for Wednesday runs out with no solution.

A retired army general with close ties to the military confirmed the report.

Hossam Sweilam said a panel of experts would draft a new constitution and the interim administration would be a presidential council led by the Supreme Constitutional Court's chief justice and including the defense minister, representatives of political parties, youth groups, Al-Azhar Mosque and the Coptic Church.



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