We are capable of securing successful elections: Defence minister

Ahram Online, Saturday 10 May 2014

Sedky Sobhi, at a military training event, assures that Egypt's upcoming presidential elections will be secured

Sedki Sobhi
Egypt chief of staff Sedki Sobhi (Photo: Ahram Arabic News Website)

Egyptian Defence Minister Colonel General Sedky Sobhi assured Saturday that the armed forces are capable of guaranteeing successful presidential elections, fulfilling the second phase of the post-July 2013 political roadmap, reported Al-Ahram Arabic website.

 

On 3 July 2013, a new political roadmap was announced by then-Defence Minister Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, a current presidential runner, together with political and religious figures. The roadmap included the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi, drafting a new constitution and holding fresh parliamentary and presidential elections.

 

In January, a new constitution was passed by referendum with a 98.1 percent approval rate.


In his speech, given as part of a military training of the Third Army, Sobhi said that the armed forces is responsible for securing the upcoming presidential elections from outside threats while the police is responsible for securing the country from within.  


Presidential elections are expected to take place 26 and 27 May.


Egypt has been hit by a wave of terrorist attacks, especially targeting security forces, after the ouster of Islamist president Morsi amid mass protests against his rule.

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