"In case of the vacancy of the Presidential Office or the permanent disability of the President of the Republic, the President of the People's Assembly shall temporarily assume the Presidency...The People's Assembly shall then proclaim the vacancy of the office of President. The President of the Republic shall be chosen within a maximum period of sixty days from the day of the vacancy of the Presidential Office." - Article 84, Egypt's constitution// Transferring power to the military is unconstitutional, and actually amounts to a (bloodless) military coup. It all depends now on the military, as it did when Nasser toppled the Monarchy. How long will military rule last? Not clear since any new arrangements will need to be discussed and agreed to by a large number of groups. Is this the dawn of Democracy in Egypt? I hope so, but military rulers tend not to leave that fast. Mubarak may have arranged a little "surprise" for the people who rejected him, as well as the inept US who insisted he leaves NOW. It would have been a lot safer and better to accept the latest Mubarak move: He remains a figurehead while actual power goes to his VP Suleiman who negotiates with all groups reasonable constitutional amendments, to be enacted by September. That would have kept the Constitution operative. But the self-righteous couldn't think beyond their noses. They may soon miss Mubarak.
Gunmen in Egypt kill guard outside Niger embassy (Reuters)
from the article: Egypt's military moves to dissolve parliament, suspend constitution