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Morsi refused army request to hold referendum, says Egypt's El-Sisi
Army Chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said Sunday that Mohamed Morsi flat refused to hold a referendum on his staying in power following nationwide 30 June mass protests
Ahram Online, Sunday 14 Jul 2013
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Minister of Defence Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi (Photo: Ahram Online archive)

Egyptian Defence Minister Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said Sunday that upon nationwide 30 June protests calling for the removal of Mohamed Morsi as president he advised the latter to hold a referendum on whether he should stay or leave, hinting that Morsi's rejection of this advice led to the military removing him from power 3 July and proposing a political roadmap for a new transitional period.

"Before the army had to propose its roadmap it had previously expressed that the presidency hold a referendum [on Morsi's continuation in office]," El-Sisi said in a meeting with top army officers Sunday afternoon.

"We had sent a message to former president Morsi through two messengers, his own prime minister (Hisham Qandil) and a respectable legal figure, recommending that he calls for a national referendum. Our request met with absolute rejection."

El-Sisi also went on to reiterate that the military does not wish to interfere in politics and that its roadmap was designed to pave the way for Egyptians "exercising free choice."

"The armed forces remained committed to what it considered the legitimacy of the ballot box until this presumed legitimacy moved against its own purpose," El-Sisi said. "The Egyptian people were concerned that the tools of the state could be used against them. The armed forces had to make a choice, seeing the danger of deepened polarisation."

The army's roadmap, backed by opposition groups, proposed a transitional period of "at least 6 months" with a new Cabinet and the head of the High Constitutional Court as interim president. During the transitional period the 2012 constitution will be amended followed by parliamentary and presidential elections.

Tens of thousands of supporters of Morsi, who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood, remain at a sit-in at Cairo's Rabaa Al-Adawiya Square, rejecting what they describe as a clear coup d'etat against Morsi who was elected in June 2012 becoming Egypt's first post-Mubarak president. Sit-in demonstrators demand his reinstatement.





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Bubbly_ashraf@hotmail.com
16-07-2013 06:53am
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Roadmap !!!!!
Is it Army's mandate to remove an elected president,elected parliment,suspend a consitution approve by 64% of egyptains...? Is this the roadmap to replace elected persons with those who lost last 05 elections (SCAC refrundam,lower house,upper house elections,presidential elections,costitutional refreundam).Is it Army's mandate to side line the Islamist parties and personalities who consist of 70% egyptians with minority secularist & copts consist of 30% egyptians..? Involvement of Army & Judiciary in politics and sided with a secularist will make this country a hell. God save Egypt
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Salami
15-07-2013 11:56pm
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fascist to the core
It seems the Egyptia media has returned to the same old censnsorship, as pro-democracy comments don't get published. It seems the liberals and leftists are fascist to the core. This site is no exception.
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Ahmed Aly
15-07-2013 10:52am
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Deserved
Morsi deserved what happened to him cause he was very weak and couldn't take control of Egypt. so, I am with the army and wish all luck for my country.
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AG
15-07-2013 01:19am
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Who does the army think they are?
The army doesn't get to be the "ultimate decider" of who deserves to stay in power.
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