CAIRO - Egyptian politicians say the ruling military has moved up the date for transferring power to a civilian government to July 1, 2012.
Abu al-alla Madi and Mohammed Selim el-Awa, two politicians who attended a five-hour crisis meeting with the military rulers, said Tuesday that the council also accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Essam Sharaf's government and will form a "national salvation" Cabinet to replace it.
The announcement was immediately rejected by tens of thousands of protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square.
"We are not leaving, he leaves," they chanted, referring to military ruler Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi.
Previously, the military rulers had floated late next year or early 2013 as the timetable for transferring power.