CAIRO, July 27, 2013 — Egypt’s military is attempting to restore order to the country, but violence continues.
Since the military ousted President Mohamed Morsi on 3 July 2013, Egypt has witnessed an alarming wave of violence. During the last three weeks, over 100 demonstrators on both sides have been killed and hundreds more injured.
Interim President Adly Mansour delivered a speech on the anniversary of the 1952 revolution on 23 July led by Gamal Abdel Nasser in which he called for a national reconciliation between different parties of the nation, yet Islamist parties – including the Muslim Brotherhood and El Nour – rejected any form of dialogue.
The Armed Forces continued to flex its muscle as the ultimate authority to ensure stability in Egypt, and announced that it will prevent any attempt to incite violence or terrorism in Egypt.
On 24 July, Defense Minister Field Marshal Abdel Fattah El Sissi addressed the nation at the graduation for the military academy cadets. In his speech, El Sissi denied that he betrayed the deposed President Morsi and called for all honest Egyptians to rally against what he called violence and potential terrorism:
“I ask … that next Friday July 26, 2013-07-26 all honest and dependable Egyptians must come out to give the army the mandate and order to confront violence and terrorism”.
The Muslim Brotherhood immediately reacted by stating El Sissi should be tried for crimes against humanity for calling for the Friday rally, which they equated with a call for civil war.
Several organizations announced plans to participate in the Friday rally to support the military as the only way to protect the revolutionary legitimacy which they say shapes the future of democracy in Egypt.
Interim government media adviser Ahmed El Messlemani urged Egyptians to take to the streets in order to protect the revolutionary legitimacy and support their army’s effort to fight terrorism.
Hazem El Beblawi, Interim Prime Minister, also backed the call for a show of support for the military.
Egypt’s military government continues to struggle to move the country forward and to pursue a roadmap for the country. The government assigned a group of experts and scholars to amend the suspended 2012 constitution. The committee also invited citizens to present their own proposals and ideas. Ali Awad, presidential adviser and committee reporter said that the committee will be in permanent session during the week in order to revise the articles of the constitution.
Despite all these efforts, Egypt continues to struggle.
According to the latest press reports, more than 100 people have been killed in clashes between military supporters who took to the streets to support the call for a rally and members of the Muslim Brotherhood.
If the Army cannot restore order, who can?
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