Egypt's new military rulers have pledged to enact a smooth transition to civilian rule, amid celebrations marking the country's first day in almost 30 years without Hosni Mubarak as president.
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces vowed on Saturday to hand power to an elected, civilian government in a statement that came a day after Mubarak was swept from power following an 18-day public uprising. This has been reported by Al Jazeera, http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/02/201121217639448807.html
The military will "guarantee the peaceful transition of power in the framework of a free, democratic system which allows an elected, civilian power to govern the country to build a democratic, free state", a senior army officer announced on state television.
The council also pledged to honour its international treaties - in an apparent nod to the country's 1979 peace treaty with Israel.
"The Arab Republic of Egypt is committed to all regional and international obligations and treaties," the military statement read.