Egypt army chief, Islamists raise stakes

2012-07-15 21:20
Egypt military ruler Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi. (AFP)

Egypt military ruler Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi. (AFP)

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Cairo - Egypt's top general has raised the stakes in the military's political stand-off with the Muslim Brotherhood, saying the armed forces will not allow a "certain group" to dominate the country.

Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi did not mention a specific organisation, but his comments on Sunday in the city of Ismalia were clearly referring to President Mohammed Morsi's Brotherhood.

Tantawi is the most senior of the generals who took power after last year's popular uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak. They handed over power to Morsi last month, but first issued a decree ensuring the army retained key powers and stripping the president of others.

Morsi last week defied the military when he revoked a decree by the generals to dissolve the Brotherhood-dominated parliament on the basis of a June 14 court verdict.

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