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Egypt's Wasat Party calls for army's retreat from political stage

Moderate-Islamist Wasat Party says military's departure from domestic politics is 'only solution' to Egypt's current precarious state of affairs

Ahram Online, Monday 8 Jul 2013
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The moderate-Islamist Wasat Party on Monday said that the military's exit from Egypt's fraught political stage was the "only solution" to the country's current political crisis, state news agency MENA reported on Monday.

The call came in reaction to deadly clashes early Monday morning between security forces and supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi outside the headquarters of Egypt's Republican Guard in Cairo's Nasr City district.

 The violence left 51 dead and 435 injured.

Wasat Party leader Abul-Ela Madi also demanded the resignation of "those who recently appointed themselves to run Egypt's transitional phase."

Morsi – Egypt's first-ever freely elected president – was forced out of office last week by the military following massive countrywide demonstrations to demand his impeachment and snap presidential polls.

Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi, General Commander of the Egyptian Armed Forces, subsequently unveiled a "roadmap" for Egypt's post-Morsi political transition, suspending Egypt's new constitution and appointing High Constitutional Court head Adly Mansour as interim president pending fresh presidential elections.  

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Ibrahim Nemsi
09-07-2013 07:55pm
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I completely agree that the generals should be investigated and punished for the crimes committed at the Republican Guard headquarter, as well as for the other crimes committed since the revolution such as Maspero and Mohamed Mahmoud. However, it is unfair to accuse the Wasat Party of trying to save the generals. They have clearly rejected the coup from the beginning and defended president Morsi's legitimacy - even though they had previously criticised the performance of his government. Their call for the army to leave Egyptian politics for good should be supported by all honest revolutionaries - sixty years of military rule was enough. It is a shame that some liberals are now making excuses for the crimes of the army, just like some islamists were making excuses for the crimes of the police.
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saleh
09-07-2013 07:41am
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Egypt's Wasat Party calls for army's retreat
Some are now trying to save the generals neck from the noose awaiting them. The people of Egypt will deliver the exact retribution to the cowards who massacred civilians to please their masters.
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