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Egypt opposition won't back military coup

2013-07-02 13:09

Cairo - Egypt's main opposition coalition said on Tuesday it would not support a "military coup" and trusted that an army statement giving political leaders 48 hours to resolve the current crisis did not mean it would assume a political role.

"We do not support a military coup," the National Salvation Front [NSF] said in a statement.

"The NSF has been committed, since its formation on 22 November 2012, to build a civil, modern and democratic state that allows the participation of all political trends, including political Islam. We trust the army's declaration, reflected in their statement [Monday], that they don't want to get involved in politics, or play a political role," it said.

It insisted that the demand for Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to step down does not violate democratic principles but is an attempt to bring the 2011 revolt that toppled Hosni Mubarak back on track.

"Asking Morsi to resign is not against democratic procedures... None of the revolution's demands were met, Morsi and the [Muslim Brotherhood] took the country in another direction that mainly reflected their desire to dominate the state, and did not build a democracy [freedom], or managed to improve the living standards of Egyptians and provide their basic needs," the NSF said.

Comments
  • Livhuwani Lybon Tshihatu - 2013-07-02 13:58

    How bad is morsi's government....that the people prefer a military coup over the muslim brotherhood....THIS IS VERY SAD

  • Siyabonga Biyela - 2013-07-02 14:18

    The president has no control over his army?

      Abdul-Ba'ith Sayegh - 2013-07-02 14:57

      The Egyptian army always played a role during the revolt against Mubarak. They decided to ignore Mubarak and chose not to have the blood of their brothers on their hand by not opening fire on demonstrators. They kept they promise during the transition and Morsi was elected leader. So why is their involvement all of a sudden an issue. I trust the Egyptian Army and salutes them for the role they play. Look at Syria, Libya, where the Armies defend/ed dictators.

      Naphtali Mokgalapa - 2013-07-02 16:55

      No President is supposed to have control over the army of a country. The army is supposed to be controlled and accountable to parliament with the president exacuting directive with parliament's consent. Otherwise that’s the thing dictators would be made of as presidents over step their boundaries and crackdown on citizens and opposition.

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