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Tantawi says Egypt army won't back down on constitution

November 27, 2011 15:21

Head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) Field Marshall Mohamed Hussein Tantwai said that the military would not back down from the role it sees for itself in the country's new constitution, Egyptian daily Al Ahram's online English edition Sunday.

The constitutional proposal, which would shield Egypt’s powerful military from parliamentary oversight, sparked protests that have been ongoing for over a week and led to the resignation of the country's caretaker government.

“The position of the armed forces will remain as it is," Tantawi told reporters in Cairo. "It will not change in any new constitution."

The SCAF leader also addressed parliamentary elections slated to begin Monday, calling on Egyptians to head to the polls "without any worries."

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