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Morsi to meet with National Security Council

The body, which includes military, police, and government ministers, will hold a meeting on Monday to discuss upcoming protests

Ahram Online, Monday 24 Jun 2013
el-Sissi and Morsi
Egyptian Minister of Defense, Lt. Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, left, meets with Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi at the presidential headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. (Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt's National Security Council (NSC) will hold a meeting on Monday, headed by President Mohamed Morsi, to discuss developments in Egypt's internal affairs.

Egypt is anticipating nationwide anti-government protests next week on 30 June, aimed at forcing Morsi to step down and calling for early presidential elections.

Tensions have been building up between supporters and opponents of the president with minor clashes at a number of rallies recently.

On Sunday, Morsi met with Minister of Defence Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to discuss the army's plan for the protests. The army is expected to coordinate with the interior ministry to secure strategic locations.  Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim said that the ministry will institute high security procedures to safeguard the protests and vital locations in case of violence.

The interior ministry announced on Sunday that it is "not biased to a certain political group against any other group."

The National Security Council was established in accordance with Article 193 in Egypt's new constitution, which was approved by national referendum in January.

The council is made up of the president, the prime minister, heads of the parliament's two houses (although at present the House of Representatives has not been assembled), the ministers for interior, defence and foreign affairs, and the head of intelligence, among other officials. It focuses on issues affecting Egypt's national security locally and abroad.

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