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    Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces denied earlier reports that presidential elections would be postponed until mid-2012 and stressed that the military is seeking to transfer power to civilian rule as soon as possible.

    Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces denied earlier reports that presidential elections would be postponed until mid-2012 and stressed that the military is seeking to transfer power to civilian rule as soon as possible.

    Al Masry Al Youm newspaper reported on Sunday that presidential elections in Egypt may be postponed until mid-2012. It was earlier planned that parliamentary elections in Egypt would be held in September of this year and presidential elections were expected to take place by the end of 2011.

    "Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces declares that some media reports that presidential elections are postponed until 2012 are incorrect, and confirms that the armed forces want to complete their mission as soon as possible and hand over power," the Council said in a statement published on their official page on Facebook.

    Egyptian ex-president Hosni Mubarak, 82, stepped down on February 11 after two weeks of protests against his 30-year rule. The protests left more than 360 people dead and about 5,500 injured. New presidential elections are expected to be held in the end of 2011.

    Earlier this month, Egyptians approved constitutional changes that will allow Egypt's military rulers to move swiftly to elections.

    The changes ease requirements for independent candidates seeking the presidency, restore full judicial supervision for elections, limit the presidency to two four-year terms (currently, there is no limit), and stipulate a public referendum for any state of emergency that lasts longer than six months (as Egypt was under one for the last 30 years).

    CAIRO, March 28 (RIA Novosti)

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