Egypt on the road to democracy

Egypt continues to take important steps toward establishing a new democratic government.

From the New York Times:

The Egyptian military, for the first time publicly laying out the terms of its rule, said Sunday that it had dissolved the country’s parliament, suspended its constitution and called for elections in six months, according to a statement by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces read on state television.

The announcement went a long way toward meeting the demands of protesters, who distrusted both houses of parliament after elections in the fall that were widely considered corrupted.

The Egyptian ambassador to the United States was on ABC's This Week this morning and related the following:

..."The [Military] Council has decided to maintain the current government of Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq, to be changed at a later stage."

The government, Shoukry said, would focus on restoring security, and restructuring the police force and economic welfare. "That doesn't preclude that the reform process would not go ahead as well," he said.

Shoukry said that Egypt's emergency law would be lifted, as the military had communicated, "as soon as the current conditions of protest have been terminated."

"But when?" Amanpour pressed. "Next week? Next year?"

"They haven't defined yet a specific timetable," Shoukry said.

The new Egypt is a work in progress that will probably be filled with many ups and downs. Sadly among those downs is the discovery of missing artifacts from the Egyptian museum in Cairo.

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(currently serves as Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities) has information on the museum's losses on his website. Very sad.