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Egypt's president hails ex-military presidents on 1952 revolution anniversary
President Adly Mansour renews calls for reconciliation following ouster of former president Morsi
Ahram Online, Monday 22 Jul 2013
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Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour (Photo: AP)

Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour heaped praise Monday on three former Egyptian presidents from the armed forces in a speech marking the 61st anniversary of the 1952 revolution.

In a televised speech, Mansour, who took office on 4 July as part of an armed forces roadmap that also saw the ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi, said that Mohamed Naguib, Anwar El-Sadat and Gamal Abdel-Nasser were instrumental in pulling off the 1952 revolution.

"I salute the great men who opened the door of freedom and hope to Egypt and all people in the region," he said.

Tuesday 23 July marks the 61st anniversary of the revolution led by the Free Officers which overthrew the monarchy. The leaders of the Free Officers Movement included Naguib, El-Sadat and Abdel-Nasser, all of whom later held presidential tenures.

Mansour referred without elaboration to "mistakes that should not be justified, but with which peace must be made in order to build the nation."

While in charge in the 1950s and 60s, Abdel-Nasser came down hard on the Muslim Brotherhood, from which Morsi hails.  

In 1954, an initial honeymoon between Abdel-Nasser’s Revolution Command Council and the Brotherhood ended in a wide-scale crackdown on the group, which was then outlawed. A large number of Brotherhood leaders were jailed, some even facing the death penalty after being accused of involvement in an attempt to assassinate then-president Abdel-Nasser.

Tensions escalated again between the Brotherhood and the armed forces this month after the latter instigated the overthrow of Morsi, Egypt's first civilian president, following mass protests across Egypt on 30 June.

Mansour highlighted the importance of national reconciliation after the uprisings that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak in 2011 and his successor, Morsi.

"We had the great 25 January revolution and the 30 June revolution … now it's time to unite and reconcile to build the nation without revenge or hatred," he said. "There should be no division in the country."

The speech came amid ongoing Islamist protests led by the Brotherhood against what they describe as a "military coup."

Thousands of Morsi's backers have been taking to the streets since his ouster to demand his reinstatement. The area around Rabaa Al-Adawiya Mosque in Cairo's Nasr City has been the site of a large pro-Morsi sit-in that has been in place since 28 June.





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Jon
23-07-2013 03:48pm
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Division is the name of democracy
"There should be no division in the country" could be read as a threat. There is a deep division and the way to sort it out is through elections. A country without division will be one where opposition is silenced. I a free an fair upcoming election, the Brotherhood will probably have the biggest fraction in an - indeed - divided parliament.
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Ahmed M Ibrahim
23-07-2013 10:01am
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Glorious Revolution
The Glorious Revolution of 23 July 1952 is a landmark date in the history of the Middle East. Presidents Neguib, Nasser and Sadat strived to bring glory to Egypt, irrespective of their political inclinations. However it would not be inappropriate, if President Mubarak's contribution to the reconstruction of Egypt is mentioned. He did his best, yet the new generation could not come to terms with his vision and wanted an immediate change and a break from the past. It is high time, President Mubarak's outstanding contribution is acknowledged and his dignity is restored as an elder statesman.
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Ali
23-07-2013 07:05am
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Reconciliation
The word "reconciliation" is being exploited in such a large scale that i'm afraid actual meanning might be replaced or changed shortly. Words & statement not but the action speaks itself. Army/State actions against a majority of the society that's called "Islamist" are being marginalised and being delibrated targeted by they Army,Judiciary,called Liberal/secular and the old regim loyals.At the one hand came in power on through a Army coup, then you shut down all the news outlets and chanels that seems to be against the Army coup,then you rounded up leaders and supporter of the Islamist parties.Your hired thugs openly killing protesters with full backing of the police and army and secular & state media has stated a media war against the islamist and you are calling it reconciliation...It's not reconciliaton but actually you are pushing the people toward civila war.You are pushing the people at that level where they could have no other option but an armed strugle against all these state operession and injustice.
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azza radwan sedky
23-07-2013 01:27am
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But....
Nasser had charisma and leadership, but he lacked the vision. He was a combination of good and bad. Those who were alive in the sixties would tell you that the picture presented today is not a true one.
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Ahmad el zoki
23-07-2013 07:48am
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Here goes another ignorant
Nasser was a great president. He was not a liar. He made Egypt strong by nationalizing the Suez Canal and build a dam. He wanted to modernize Egypt . He had a vision. Morris is a liar, a fake, someone who claims that he was elected....on lies to his people. He never kept his word to the Egyptian. So Mr .azza

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