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June 26, 2022

Egypt’s president says road map on track

Egypt’s interim president, Adly Mansour, said that a plan for a return to civilian government after the army’s removal of deposed President Mohamed Morsi was on track despite “challenges” and that emergency law should be lifted soon, Al Jazeera reports.
His comments were broadcast after thousands of Islamists took to the streets in towns and cities across Egypt on Tuesday evening to denounce the new military-backed government and demand Morsi’s return – their second show of mass support in four days. The interim ledership has launched a furious crackdown on Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood since toppling Egypt’s first freely-elected president on July 3 after huge protests. It has accused the group of terrorism, sent its top leaders to trial on charges of inciting violence or murder and violently crushed protest sit-ins in Cairo, killing hundreds.
An Egyptian military court on Tuesday sentenced 11 Muslim Brotherhood members to life in prison for violence against the army in the port city of Suez last month. Mansour said in an interview with state television that his decision to announce emergency law that day had not been easy, but “terrorism and the vicious war that was being waged by some of the extremists made it crucial”. If a “gradual improvement in security” continued, the state of emergency should end as planned in mid-September, he said. Mansour also said a “road map” back to democratic rule, under which the constitution is to be amended, followed by parliamentary and presidential elections early next year, remained on track: “God willing, we will commit ourselves to the timeframe in the coming stages.”

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