Egypt army chief urges quick political transition

Egypt army chief urges quick political transition
Tue Oct 1, 2013 22:29:59

Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has called for a quick political transition to restore stability in the country which has been volatile since ouster of President Mohamed Mursi by the military.

Speaking to soldiers and policemen at a seminar on Tuesday, Sisi "called on everyone to be truly aware of the size of the problems facing society, and which necessitate speeding up the end of the transitional phase," the army spokesman's official Facebook page said.

In a reference to Mursi's year in power, Sisi condemned what he said were attempts to distort "a ruling experience that failed to meet the demands of the Egyptian people" and portray it as a "religious battle and a war on Islam."

The last few months have seen violent scenes and several hundred deaths in Egypt following a crackdown on those protesting against the overthrow of their first democratically elected president.

That ousting, in July, was itself triggered by widespread protests against Morsi's government, which had come to power following a period of military rule after Hosni Mubarak was forced out of office in 2011.


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