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Massive Overhaul Coming to Egypt's Government

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(CAIRO) -- A statement Sunday from Egypt's military council said that the country's parliament and senate will be dissolved, according to reports from Al Jazeera television. The constitution will not be amended, due to the nature of the previous authoritarian rule, but entirely rewritten to reflect a new style of government following weeks of protest in the nation's capital city of Cairo.

ABC News' Jim Sciutto reports that there will be six months of military rule at first, so as to ease the transition to a new government.

After the resignation of former President Hosni Mubarak, there has been a standstill as to the direction of the Egyptian government. Protesters stood their ground for over two weeks calling for the ouster of Mubarak, who ruled for over 30 years, however no true successor ever emerged from the fray.

Ahmed Mekki, a judge and member of the committee to form a new constitution, tells ABC News this is positive because the the old constitution "couldn't be applied or amended, it's so bad" and that "we had to free ourselves of the old constitution in order to be able to write a new, better constitution."

It could be a year until there are free elections in Egypt. In the past, Mubarak would pick and choose which opposition parties were allowed to operate, with his victory in elections a predetermined outcome.

Mubarak is believed to have fled Cairo in favor of the Red Sea resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh.

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