Aswat Masriya (Cairo)
23 January 2012
Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, head of the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF), announced the transfer of the power of legislation and oversight to the newly elected People's Assembly, in a message to the parliament on its inaugural session.
In the message read by Saad Al-Katatni, the parliament's Speaker, Tantawi said, "I confirm in the name of the Supreme Council of that we are working hand in hand under the banner of our dear country during what is left of the transitional phase to achieve the goals of the glorious January revolution."
He added that he longs for the day an elected president takes the oath in the parliament before the end of next June and the transfer of presidential power to him is announced so the council can return to its original mission of defending the council.
Tantawi called for choosing members of the constituent assembly from all spectrums of people to draft a new constitution that establishes "the second Egyptian republic".
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