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Govt to heed people's counter-terror mandate soon: Egypt's President

Pro-Morsi sit-in protests no longer allowed; Egypt under no international pressure, interim President Adly Mansour says

Ahram Online , Monday 5 Aug 2013
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Egypt's interim President Adli Mansour attends a meeting with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (not seen) at El-Thadiya presidential palace in Cairo, July 29, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour pledged late on Sunday that his government will soon uphold a popular mandate to confront violence, stressing that "no one is above law."

Deposed president Mohamed Morsi will not be pardoned until a punishment is handed down, which is yet to take place, the head of state said in a phone interview on Al-Hayat satellite TV channel.

Mansour stated that Egypt's interim government will no longer allow protest camps by Morsi supporters, which have paralysed parts of the capital and thrown the country into deeper polarisation.

Egypt’s government is still seeking to offer all elements for a peaceful resolution to the political stalemate and will take action "at the right moment," Mansour said.

On 26 July, millions of Egyptians thronged the streets to heed a call by army chief General Abdel Fattah El-Sisi for a popular "mandate" to confront acts of "violence and terrorism."

The current president went on to stress that all those involved in crimes will be held accountable.

"No one is above law," Mansour added, saying there is "no going back."

All members of the National Defence Council – made up of civilian, security and army officials, and headed by the president – have agreed on ending the pro-Morsi sit-in protests, Mansour added.

Mansour, who was sworn in as Egypt’s caretaker leader on 4 July a day following the army's popularly backed overthrow of Morsi, affirmed the Egyptian government is not under any international pressure or dealing with foreign intervention in its domestic affairs.

International envoys, from the US, EU and Arab states, have visited Egypt amid ongoing attempts to broker reconciliation between the army-installed government and Morsi's Islamist allies.

Tensions have mounted in Egypt amid state plans to break up two mass pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo, where thousands have gathered for more than a month clamouring for his reinstatement. The imminent dispersal has set off fears of a massive violent showdown.

Well over 200 people were killed in street violence since the army’s move to overthrow Morsi on 3 July amid wide spread protests against his rule. On 27 July, at least 80 pro-Morsi protesters were gunned down in clashes with security forces a short distance away from their major northeast Cairo sit-in.

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nick baros
05-08-2013 06:47pm
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who's who
the wrong headed judge.
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Gerri Michalska
05-08-2013 09:35am
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"No one is above the law"
"No one is above law," (Interim President) Mansour added, saying there is "no going back." Good to know, Mr. Mansour. Can we take you at your word? So you will be prosecuting the Egyptian army (Gen. al-Sisi) and Minister Ibrahim for killing scores of innocent protesters?
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Gerri Michalska
05-08-2013 09:28am
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Hold a REFERENDUM on whether Morsi should stay or go.
Let ALL the Egyptian people decide on President Morsi. That would be the democratic and non-violent way to end this donnybrook.
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abdulrahman
05-08-2013 06:49pm
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You Cannot Trust The Coup Leaders
Dear Gerri! Not so fast. They will gladly and quickly hold elections or referendum if MB agrees. However they will cheat and ensure MB loses massively. Look! these immoral, shameless murderers of protesters and violators of freedom and human rights, having seized power will have no qualms about cheating to win elections or referrendum
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