Egyptian military won't step down until scheduled elections are held
NBC News —
Egypt's military rulers say parliamentary elections will start next week as scheduled despite recent unrest. The military thursday rejected demands it immediately step down and said doing so would betray the trust of the people. A military council member said Egyptians must focus on elections not protests.
Police and protesters agreed to a truce negotiated by Muslim clerics after five days of fighting that left nearly 40 people dead. The violence raised concern over the ability of Egypt's interim leaders to hold the first parliamentary elections since the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak's regime. Voting is expected to begin November 28th and will be staggered over three months.