SCAF to hand over authority on June 30

The supreme Council of the Egyptian Armed Forces (SCAF), ruling the country since the ouster of former president Hosni Mubarak, said Wednesday it would hand over authority to a civilian-elected government on June 30 regardless the new constitution is complete or not.

Addressing the Constituent Assembly meeting here this evening, SCAF member Major General Mamdouh Shahin said: “Nobody is allowed to dictate to the Council or interfere in the affairs of the Constituent Assembly.” Commenting on the controversy over the Assembly’s set-up, Major General Shahin said: “The Assembly is the third newborn child of the democratic process after the People’s Assembly (lower house of parliament) and the Shura Council (upper house).” “We don’t favor any specific  political party over another; the third newborn has come to existence as a result of the free will of Egyptian people who are happy with it,” he made clear, according to KUNA.

He expressed hope that the new constitution will reflect the aspiration of the board political spectrum of the nation.