Egypt’s military rulers have promised the country will abide by its international agreements in a move to allay concerns that Egypt’s peace deal with Israel could be threatened following the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak.
The military has also asked the current government, appointed by Mr Mubarak, to continue operating until a new one is formed.
It says it is committed to eventually handing over power to an elected administration.
The military statement is its first indication of the next steps after Mr Mubarak’s fall, but left unanswered the question of how long the current government would stay in place.
Egyptian protesters were jubilant over their success in toppling Mr Mubarak, but many vowed to stay camped in a central Cairo square until they hear “clear assurances” that the military will meet their demands for democracy.
Burnt-out vehicles were towed away while people swept the streets and hauled away mounds of rubbish.
Soldiers removed barricades to open a road leading to Tahrir Square after a night of euphoric celebration and nearly three weeks of protests that forced Mr Mubarak to surrender power to the military.
Later, the main coalition of youth and opposition groups said it will end its protest in Tahrir Square but the groups said they will call for weekly demonstrations to maintain pressure on the ruling military to implement democratic reforms.
The group listed their demands at a press conference, saying they want hated emergency laws to be lifted, parliament to be dissolved and a committee to amend the constitution, among others.
Some protesters not linked to the coalition say they will stay camped on Tahrir Square, and it is not immediately clear when the central area will be cleared.