Panetta reaches out to Egypt's military leaders

Egyptians are heading to the polls on Saturday for the first free presidential election since former leader Hosni Mubarak was forced from office during the Arab Spring revolution.

Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Morsi and Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq are the top two candidates vying for the presidency.

But the decision to do away with the lower house of Egypt's Parliament has drawn serious concerns from U.S. lawmakers over the country's future.

"The recent decision by the Egyptian court obviously throws into question the future of the transition,” Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyNSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle McConnell to Dems: Don't hold government 'hostage' over DACA Nielsen acknowledges Trump used 'tough language' in immigration meeting MORE (D-Vt.) said in a statement issued Friday.

“Parliament has been dissolved and the military has reaffirmed martial law and has assumed whatever authority the parliament had," the Vermont Democrat added.

However, Rep. David Dreier (R-Calif.) downplayed worries that the dissolution of parliament is a clear sign Egypt's military rulers are planning to hold power long after Saturday's elections.

“I know that there's skepticism, but one of the things I have said is I don't believe there's anybody who's in complete control of this country," Dreier told The Hill.

"I don't believe the SCAF are in complete control and I think that they're enthused about turning over power as soon as possible," he added.