Cairo: Egypt's first presidential elections since the ouster of strongman Hosni Mubarak will be held in October or November, the ruling military council said on Thursday. It has also issued a decree establishing an interim constitution.

Egypt'a Supreme Council for the Aramed Forces (SCAF), that has ruled Egypt since Mubarak's ouster on February 11 in a popular uprising, issued a decree establishing an interim constitution to guide the country until a permanent constitution is drafted and said a presidential election will be held in October or November.

The polls will be organised "within a month or two" of a parliamentary poll already timetabled for September, spokesman General Mamdouh Shahin said.

The presidential elections will be a held a month or two after September's parliamentary contests, the Council told a news conference.

A new 62-article interim constitution will replace the one suspended after the fall of Mubarak. The interim constitution includes amendments that were endorsed by millions of Egyptians in a March 19 referendum, Shahin said.

The amendments are aimed at ensuring the upcoming elections are competitive. The election will be held according to new rules that open up competition for the position and limit presidents to two, four-year terms. The other articles specify the main basis of the governmental system and society.

(Agencies)