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Egypt interim president sets election timetable

Monday - 7/8/2013, 5:53pm  ET

An Egyptian man cries outside a morgue after carrying the corpse of his brother killed near the Republican Guard building in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 8, 2013. Egyptian soldiers and police opened fire on supporters of the ousted president early Monday in violence that left dozens of people killed, including one officer, outside a military building in Cairo where demonstrators had been holding a sit-in, government officials and witnesses said. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)

MAGGIE MICHAEL
Associated Press

CAIRO (AP) -- 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.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

More than 50 supporters of Egypt's ousted president were killed by security forces Monday in one of the deadliest single episodes of violence in more than 2
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