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Not a coup, but popular revolution: Egypt’s Sabbahi

Former presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi continues to meet foreign ambassadors, seeking to convince them that Egypt faces ‘terrorism’ after 30 June ‘popular revolution’

Ahram Online, Saturday 24 Aug 2013
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Nasserist Hamdeen Sabbahi (Photo: AP)
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Egypt is currently at war against terrorism, and the people are backing the army and the police, ex-presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi told Slovakian Ambassador in Cairo Anton Pinter Saturday, in one of a series of meetings Sabbahi has been holding with ambassadors in recent weeks.

Sabbahi, a prominent Nasserist figure, has been explaining the situation in Egypt — from his perspective — to different ambassadors even before the ouster of deposed president Mohamed Morsi 3 July.

Speaking to Pinter, Sabbahi stressed that what Egypt has witnessed is not a coup d’état, as supporters of Morsi allege. He says the Egyptian population is looking forward to a democratic state.

Referring to the Muslim Brotherhood, from which Morsi hails, and its allies, Sabbahi stated that “terrorism must be condemned,” saying that one armed faction has “decided to become aggressive against the rest of the people and [to] patronise their free will.”

Morsi was overthrown as part of the Egyptian armed forces’ roadmap for Egypt, which was enforced two days after nationwide mass protests against the former elected president.

According to the roadmap, the 2012 constitution, which was drafted by an Islamist-dominated Constituent Assembly, will be amended before new parliamentary and presidential elections are held.

“That roadmap has been widely agreed upon by the political youth and revolutionary forces,” said Sabbahi during the meeting with Pinter, going on to criticise countries that expressed worry at Morsi’s removal by the hand of the armed forces, including Turkey, France and the US.

“These countries have formed their judgments based on faulty information, and they ignore important facts on what happened on 30 June," when millions of Egyptians hit the streets across Egypt to demand the ouster of Morsi, Sabbahi explained.

“It is a popular revolution and the army and police are patriotic state institutions. They are all at war against terrorism.”

Clashes between Morsi supporters and security forces — and sometimes civil opponents too — have been intermittent ever since. All parties have used firearms in confrontations.

Since Morsi’s fall, over 800 have been killed, mostly loyalists of Morsi, in violent clashes.

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john
25-08-2013 02:10pm
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sabahi you lost your respect .we love morsi not you. you must understand this intirem gov is temparory will go soon .brother hood will come back .where you will go?
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farag mahrouky
25-08-2013 09:38am
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give yourself a moment of truth
Dear Mr. Sabahi, I admired you for so many years specially when you stand with the Gaza against the Israil agression, but right now I am astonished with your position that supporting the coup, I know you hate the Muslim Bortherhood, but this not an execuss to support such coup which will eliminate our hope for democracy and free speech,even your hope to be a president is not guranteed since army will never giove up the authority and in case they do it, you gonna be a president with no authority. Please review you position and write your name in the history book as a leader not as follower.
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Noura
24-08-2013 07:02pm
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traitor, liar
This man is really a traitor. He seems to hate the MB more than he loves his own country.
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