Egypt's military issues interim constitution

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Posted: Mar 30, 2011 9:22 AM

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's military rulers on Wednesday issued an interim constitution under which the transitional administration will run the country until elections allow power to be returned to an elected government.

The decree, read by a member of the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, confirmed that the military would hold presidential powers until a new head of state is elected.

The interim constitution's 62 articles included amended sections of the old constitution that were approved by a referendum on March 19 and which open the door to a competitive presidential election.

(Reporting by Dina Zayed and Tom Perry)