However, the changes apparently will allow the formation of new political parties, and the Muslim Brotherhood immediately announced it would do so. The Islamic organization has long been banned from politics but has successfully elected some of its members to parliament as individuals.
The military abrogated the constitution after taking power Friday, raising hopes in some quarters that there would be major changes not only in election laws but also a softening of the almost unlimited powers of the presidency and an end of the provision saying Islam is the national religion. The country has a significant Coptic Christian minority that often complains of discrimination.
"It's hard to think they could do all that in 10 days," said
The Muslim Brotherhood will immediately form a party to run in new parliamentary elections but will not run its own candidate for president, according to a statement on its website.
A powerful sandstorm and a national religious holiday quieted most of the labor protests in
However, several hundred fired policemen gathered outside the Interior Ministry to demand their jobs back.
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