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Egypt's Military Rulers Set Parliamentary Election for September


General Ismail Etman, director of moral affairs and a member of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, speaks during a news conference at the military media centre in Cairo, March 28, 2011

General Ismail Etman, director of moral affairs and a member of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, speaks during a news conference at the military media centre in Cairo, March 28, 2011

Egypt's military rulers say the first parliamentary elections since an uprising that ousted president Hosni Mubarak last month will be held in September this year.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces that has ruled Egypt since Mubarak's ouster made the election announcement Monday. It also declared that Egypt's emergency laws that were put in place when Mubarak took office in 1981 will be lifted before September's parliamentary contest.

Egypt's military rulers have promised to hand over power to a civilian leadership after holding a new presidential election, but they have not yet announced a date for that vote.

Earlier this month, millions of Egyptians voted in favor of constitutional amendments aimed at paving the way for free and fair elections for parliament and president. The amendments were proposed by a military-appointed panel of legal experts.

The military council also said Mubarak and his family remain under house arrest in Egypt, denying rumors that he left for Saudi Arabia after his ouster to seek medical treatment.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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