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Egypt Military Moves to Cement a Muscular Role in Government

CAIRO — The military council governing Egypt is moving to lay down ground rules for a new constitution that would protect and potentially expand its own authority indefinitely, possibly circumscribing the power of future elected officials. Related Egypt Purges Mubarak-Era Police Officers (July 14, 2011) Times Topic: Egypt News — Revolution and Aftermath Moises Saman for The New York Times Protesters unhappy with the military council have returned to Tahrir Square with increasing frequency to voice their demands. The military announced Tuesday that it planned to adopt a “declaration of basic principles” to govern the drafting of a constitution, and liberals here initially…