The Associated Press Anti-government protesters react in Tahrir Square in Cairo on Friday. The Egyptian military guarded thousands of protesters pouring into Cairo’s main square on Friday in an attempt to drive out President Hosni Mubarak after a week and a half of pro-democracy demonstrations.
[UPDATE] 3-6 4:11 PM--
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's prime minister-designate has named a caretaker Cabinet to help lead the country through reforms and toward free elections after the uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak.
The changes include new faces in the key ministries of foreign affairs, interior and justice.
Prime Minister Essam Sharaf held talks Sunday with the 23 nominees. The new Cabinet has to approved by the Supreme Armed Forces Council, which has been in charge of ruling Egypt since Mubarak's fall on Feb. 11.
The nominations include a new chief diplomat, to replace Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul-Gheit, in office since 2004. Nabil Elaraby, the new minister, was Egypt's U.N. representative in the 1990s and an international arbitration judge. He was critical of the crackdown on the 18-day uprising.
[UPDATE] 3-5 3:59 PM --
CAIRO (AP) -- Hundreds of Egyptian protesters have stormed a building of the country's hated internal security service in Cairo. It is the second time in as many days that protesters forced their way inside State Security Agency offices.
Three weeks after the fall of longtime leader Hosni Mubarak, Egyptians are turning their anger toward his internal security apparatus, rallying outside several of its key buildings Saturday to demand that it be dismantled.
Protester Mohammed el-Saffani says hundreds of protesters barged into one of the buildings, in the northern Nasr City neighborhood from the backdoors, despite an army cordon.
He says the protesters want to save official documents that they believe are being destroyed to hide evidence of human rights abuses.
UPDATE 2-13 5:55 PM --
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- Egypt's military rulers have taken sweeping action to dismantle the autocratic legacy of former President Hosni Mubarak.
The military is dissolving both the lower and upper houses of Parliament, which was packed with Mubarak loyalists.
It's also sidelined the constitution, used by Mubarak to buttress his rule.
And the military council is also promising elections, although it's set no timetable.
The moves are being cautiously welcomed by pro-democracy protesters.
The caretaker government, backed by the military, says restoring security after the 18-day uprising that ousted Mubarak is a top priority.
The caretaker government met for the first time, and employees removed a huge picture of Mubarak in the meeting room before they convened.
CAIRO - Egypt's military leaders dissolved parliament and suspended the constitution on Sunday, meeting two key demands of protesters who have been keeping up pressure for immediate steps to push forward the transition to democratic, civilian rule after forcing Hosni Mubarak out of power.
In their latest communique, the military rulers that took over when Mubarak stepped down Friday, said they will run the country for six months, or until presidential and parliament elections can be held.
The military leaders said they were forming a committee to amend the constitution and set the rules for popular referendum to endorse the amendments.
Both the lower and upper houses of parliament are being dissolved. The last parliamentary elections in November and December were heavily rigged by the ruling party, virtually shutting out any opposition representation.
The caretaker Cabinet, which was appointed by Mubarak shortly after the mass pro-democracy protests began on Jan. 25, will remain in place until a new Cabinet in formed — a step that is not expected to happen until after elections.
The ruling military council reiterated that it would abide by all of Egypt's international treaties agreed in the Mubarak era, most importantly the peace treaty with Israel.