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Egypt's military tightens reins on government

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Uploaded on Dec 8, 2011

Egypt's ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has made its strongest declaration yet that it intends to control the direction of the country's politics.

In a rare briefing to a group of mostly American reporters, SCAF General Mukhtar Mulla said the military would appoint a civilian advisory council to help guide the selection of a 100-member constituent assembly that will draft the country's new constitution.

The Muslim Brotherhood, whose Freedom and Justice Party looks set to win a plurality in parliament, has pushed for strong parliamentary powers and responded by declaring that it would boycott the advisory council.

Al Jazeera's Rawya Rageh reports from Cairo.

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