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Anti-Morsi Protest: Egyptian Army Vows To Step In

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Mohammad Mursi with the army Chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

Mohammad Mursi with the army Chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

The Egyptian army will not stand by and allow Egypt to fall into “a dark tunnel of conflict”, the military chief has warned that the ahead of major anti-government protests planned for June 30.

General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is also defence minister, said on Sunday that the army had recently tried to avoid politics, but had a “moral responsibility” to prevent strife and protect “the will of the people”.

“There is a state of division in society, and the continuation of it is a danger to the Egyptian state. There must be consensus,” he said.

The military took power in February 2011, after the revolution that toppled longtime president Hosni Mubarak. Civilian rule was only reinstated last June, when Mohamed Morsi became Egypt’s first democratically-elected president.

That 16-month transitional period led to widespread public criticism of the military, which Sisi alluded to in his remarks on Sunday. Many analysts believe the memory of that period has left the army reluctant to intervene again.

It was unclear what, exactly, Sisi was describing as “the will of the people”.

Opposition groups are planning a major protest on June 30 to mark the one-year anniversary of Morsi’s inauguration and demand his resignation.

There are widespread fears that the demonstrations could turn violent: At a pro-government rally on Friday, several speakers threatened to “crush” the opposition. Two people have already been shot dead in clashes over the weekend.

Sisi urged parties and political factions to use the week leading up to the protests to reach consensus.

A spokesman for the opposition National Salvation Front, called Sisi’s statements “very reasonable”.

“We are facing direct threats from supporters of president Morsi to spill blood if we exercise… our democratic right to demand peacefully early presidential elections.”

Ahmed Ali, an army spokesman, told the Reuters news agency that Sisi’s comments were intended as a “supportive message that the army is sending to its people”.

Morsi appointed Sisi as defence minister last year in a shakeup that replaced the army’s top officers, including General Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, Mubarak’s longtime defence chief and the country’s ruler during the transitional period. [Al Jazeera]

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

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On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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President of Mali, N’Daw, coup leader, Goita

Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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