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Ex-PM: Civil disobedience will cause 'ruin, destruction'

Essam Sharaf warns Saturday's planned civil-disobedience campaign will lead to country's ruination, stresses need for stability during Egypt's critical transitional period

Ahram Online, Friday 10 Feb 2012
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Egypt’s former interim prime minister Essam Sharaf has expressed his lack of approval for the nationwide call for civil disobedience on 11 February, which he said will result in the “ruin and destruction” of the country.

He added that Egypt’s citizens do not deserve the destruction that will occur if the planned civil disobedience is successful.

Sharaf, who was appointed prime minister by the ruling military junta in March 2011, resigned in November following public criticism of his ineffectual government policies.

Speaking at Al-Rowad Club, Sharaf stated that citizens have a right to protest peacefully, but the country is currently in crisis and therefore needs peace in order to safely pass through this sensitive transitional period.

Sharaf also praised Egypt’s youth for their role in the January 25 Revolution and affirmed that the country will achieve freedom and democracy as many have dreamed. The former prime minister declared that he would willingly accept any new ministerial post to better serve Egypt.

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