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April 29, 2012 11:18 pm

Egypt Military Cedes to Islamist Demands

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Muslim Brotherhood candidate for Egypt's presidency, Khairat Shater. Photo: Screenshot.

WSJ – CAIRO—Egypt’s ruling military said it would appoint a new cabinet within 48 hours, awarding a major victory to Islamist politicians and cooling a political confrontation that threatened to gridlock Egypt’s emerging democratic institutions.

Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi’s pledge to lawmakers on Sunday came hours after parliament speaker Saad Al Katatni, a senior member of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, which dominates the legislature, suspended sessions on Sunday until the military agreed to dissolve the cabinet.

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