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There were increasing calls among many protesters for presidential elections to be moved up to April to select a civilian for the military to give its powers as head of state. Under the military’s timetable, presidential elections would be held by late June after a new constitution is written, and after the election it would step down.
A youth umbrella group of liberal political forces and activists named "Our Egypt" or "Masrana" issued a statement Thursday calling for a presidential vote before the constitution, a demand repeated in a large banner in Tahrir on Friday.
Supporters of the idea says the constitution should be written under the rule of a civilian president, because the military may try to force provisions that give it a political say or prevent civilian oversight.
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