Egyptian army 'will suspend constitution'

Supporters of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi outside of the Rabia el-Adawiya mosque near the presidential palace in Cairo today.

The Egyptian military has drawn up a plan to suspend the Islamist-backed constitution, dissolve the Islamist-dominated parliament, and set up an interim administration if President Mohammed Morsi fails to reach a solution with his opponents, the state news agency says.

The report provides the first details of the road map the military has said it will implement if a deadline it set for tomrrow runs out with no solution.

A retired army general with close ties to the military confirmed the report.

Hossam Sweilam said a panel of experts would draft a new constitution and the interim administration would be a presidential council led by the Supreme Constitutional Court’s chief justice and including the defence minister, representatives of political parties, youth groups, Al-Azhar Mosque and the Coptic Church.

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