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Armed forces spokesman: Egypt military doctrine does not permit coups

Following Monday's armed forces statement, military spokesman asserts that Egyptian army doctrine does not allow for 'military coups'

Monday 1 Jul 2013
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Mohamed Morsi
Egypt's president Mohamed Morsi, PM, Hisham Qandil and Minister of Defence Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi (Photo: Egypt's presidential Facebook page)

Egyptian Armed Forces spokesman Ahmed Ali issued a statement on Facebook on Monday stating that Egyptian military doctrine did not allow for "military coups."

"Egyptian Armed Forces' doctrines do not include military coups as a policy. The armed forces already deployed on Egypt's streets in 1977, 1987 and 2011 and this did not lead to a coup, but rather [led the army] to stand with the will of the great Egyptian people and their desire for reform and change."

Earlier on Monday, the armed forces issued a statement giving all political powers 48 hours to resolve Egypt's current political standoff or else face a military-imposed "roadmap" for the country's political future.

"The armed forces statement was issued to push all political players to find a solution to the current political crisis and reach national reconciliation in line with the demands of the Egyptian people," Ali said.

The armed forces spokesman added that the military would not take part in politics or accept a role other than that laid down for it by established democratic norms.

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02-07-2013 01:23pm
No confidence and new snap elections!
Well I notice Dr Malek has gained a lot of support for his comment however, perhaps he might think differently if he LIVED IN the history of democratically elected leaders worldwide there has not been one in 12 months that damaged the society in all sectors, so give him another 3 yrs and Egypt would never recover, perhaps that is what many want, but the Egyptian people have spoken, for the first time in their long history, they are having a say in their millions. I too believe in following the democratic path, but not at the expense of destroying and dividing the entire society, now many are hailing the Mubarak era as the 'golden era', now the big danger that no one seems to discuss is that if we continue on this particular democratic path and we all end up eating sand, Egyptians may no longer trust democracy and we could go back to dictatorship forever! Morsi has made too many errors, in fact, he never seems to make a correct decision or even the right speech, in fact, he is an embarrassment for Egyptians. Listening to his last 3 hr long speech in a cafe, most patrons were laughing as, if they were watching a comedy....another way out is to hold 'snap' Presidential elections after declaring NO CONFIDENCE in this man, who is actually not a President but, a puppet for the Brotherhood.
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21-07-2013 10:15pm
Of course, it is a 100% Military Coup which is NOT accepted
If Egyptian are not able to wait for Morsi to the next 3 years to complete his vision (Remember that Egyptian waited Mubarik for 30 years!!!)

Dr. Malek Towghi --USA
02-07-2013 01:37am
Electoral Democracy, Not a Mob Rule
I am a secularist and opposed to all Islamists. Yet, I am 100% with the elected president, Morsi, strongly against the military's direct or indirect intervention. Viva electoral democracy. No elected government should be ousted by street demonstrations and thuggery regardless of the numbers of demonstrators.
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02-07-2013 10:39am
Ludicrous statements that sound wise remain ludicrous.
A military spokesman who is a member of the very group from whence came Gamal Abdel Nasser, stating military doctrine does not support military coups is, well, pretty intriguing.

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