Egypt interim president sets timetable for elections, constitution reform

Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi wave Egyptian flags and posters with his pictures during a rally near Cairo University in Giza, Egypt, Sunday, July 7, 2013. Feuding erupted within Egypt's new leadership on Sunday as secular and liberal factions wrangled with ultraconservative Islamists who rejected their choice for prime minister, stalling the formation of a new government after the military's ouster of President Mohammed Morsi. The Arabic words on the posters read, "No alternative to legitimacy."(AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi) Nasser Shiyoukhi/AP

CAIRO Egypt's interim president has issued a swift timetable for the process of amending the constitution, setting parliamentary and presidential elections for early 2014.

Under the constitutional declaration by Adly Mansour late Monday, he would create two appointed committees to work out amendments to the Islamist-drafted constitution passed under ousted President Mohammed Morsi.

A referendum on the new document would be held within four months.

Elections for a new parliament would be held within two months after that, around mid-February. Once the new parliament convenes, it would have a week to set new presidential elections.

The declaration came after clashes with security forces early Monday left more than 50 Morsi supporters dead. Both sides exchanged blame over who sparked the bloodshed.

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