Egypt’s deputy prime minister, Yehia El-Gamal, has ruled out the possibility of the country’s military staging a coup. He attributed any claim as such to remnants of the NDP behind the counter-revolutionary attempts to undermine the stability of the country.
In an interview with the daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, El-Gamal expressed confidence in the consciousness of the Egyptian people and their ability to preserve the gains made by the revolution.
A number of army officers joined last Friday's “Day of Cleansing" to express their opposition to how the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces is overseeing the transitional period, requesting that its authorities be transferred to a civil presidential council.
Later that night, the Armed Forces used their force to break up a sit-in in which the officers participated. Some of the renegade officers were allegedly executed, while others either escaped or were arrested. At least two protesters were killed as live bullets was used by the army.
The Egyptian deputy prime minister did not deny claims that Essam Sharaf, Egypt's prime minister, wanted to resign more than once. “This thought is on the mind of every official at the present time because of the many pressures we are facing and the hard conditions that we all work in," El-Gamal said. "We all think of resigning, me the prime minister and even the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces who want to go back to its barracks as soon as possible."