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Egypt's Morsi chairs National security meeting ahead of 30 June rallies

Embattled presidency meets members of Egypt's National Security Council (NSC) ahead of next Sunday's planned demonstrations to demand snap presidential elections

Ahram Online, Monday 24 Jun 2013
Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi chairing the National Security Council meeting on Monday. (Photo: Egyptian presidency Facebook page)
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President Mohamed Morsi on Monday met with members of Egypt's National Security Council to discuss recent domestic developments.

According to a statement issued by the presidency, the meeting was attended by the prime minister; the speaker of Egypt's Shura Council (upper house of parliament); the ministers of defence, health, housing, justice and finance; the director of Egypt's General Intelligence apparatus; and the chairmen of the Shura Council's committees for Arab affairs, foreign affairs and national security.

The meeting was also attended by Morsi's advisors for foreign relations and international cooperation.

The meeting comes less than one week before planned nationwide anti-government protests on Sunday, 30 June. The demonstrations will call for Morsi's ouster and snap presidential elections.

According to the presidency's Monday statement, meeting attendees reiterated their respect for peaceful protest and called on all of Egypt's political actors to reject any resort to violence.

The statement also asserted that elections for Egypt's House of Representatives (The lower, legislative house of Egypt's parliament, formerly known as the People's Assembly) will be held within a few months, following approval of a draft elections law by Egypt's High Constitutional Court (HCC).

Parliamentary polls were initially slated for April, but an administrative court indefinitely delayed them on grounds that Morsi had ratified a new electoral law without having referred it first to the HCC for approval, as is required by Egypt's new constitution.

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