July 23, 2013

Egypt’s interim president calls for national reconciliation

Egyptian interim President Adly Mansour has called for national reconciliation, saying it is necessary for the North African country to move forward.

Egyptian interim President Adly Mansour
Egyptian interim President Adly Mansour

“It’s time for establishing a nation based on reconciliation with the past for the sake of the future,” Mansour said in a televised speech on Monday.

“We want to open a new page, free of prejudice, hatred and division,” he added.

Mansour’s remarks came hours after four people were killed and dozens others injured in clashes between supporters and opponents of Egypt’s ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, in the capital Cairo.

On July 20, Egyptian interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi also called for national reconciliation to end divisions in the country, saying, “It’s time for agreement and consensus as the country is divided.”

Beblawi said that Egypt is undergoing a stage of infighting and confrontation following the ouster of Morsi, adding that reconciliation is the only way to get out of this situation.

In a televised speech late on the night of July 3, Egyptian army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced that Morsi was no longer in office and declared that the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mansour, had been appointed as the new interim president of Egypt. The army also suspended the constitution.

Army officials said Morsi, who took office in June 2012, was being held “preventively” by the military. On July 4, Mansour was sworn in as interim president.

The Muslim Brotherhood has declined to negotiate with the new administration, saying they can only hold talks after Morsi is reinstated as president.

On July 5, Muslim Brotherhood supreme leader Mohammed Badie said the coup against Morsi was illegal and millions would remain on the street until he is reinstated.

Badie vowed to “complete the revolution” that toppled the Western-backed regime of former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

The Egyptians launched a revolution against the pro-Israeli regime on January 25, 2011, which eventually brought an end to the 30-year dictatorship of Mubarak on February 11, 2011

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