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Egypt's military council issues supplementary constitutional declaration

(Xinhua)

09:01, June 18, 2012

CAIRO, June 17 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's ruling military council issued a supplementary constitutional declaration on Sunday night to retake legislative powers after the parliament was dissolved several days ago, state media reported.

According to the document, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) will exercise legislative powers until a new parliament is elected, official MENA news agency reported.

The SCAF shall also form a new panel within a week to draft a new constitution within three months if a reason bars the current assembly from fulfilling its task, the report added.

The document said the new constitution shall be put to referendum within 15 days after being drafted and new parliamentary elections shall be called within a month after the approval of the new charter.

The issuing of the declaration was announced as the presidential run-off vote was completed between Muslim Brotherhood 's Mohamed Morsi and former premier Ahmed Shafiq. Vote counting is underway across the country.

The Supreme Constitutional Court voided the Islamists-dominated People's Assembly (lower house of parliament) last Thursday as the parliament election law was unconstitutional.

But the Muslim Brotherhood rejected the decision to dissolve the parliament and called for a referendum on its fate.

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