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Egypt interim president sets timetable for elections, constitution reform

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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