Armed forces spokesman: Egypt military doctrine does not permit coups

Monday 1 Jul 2013

Following Monday's armed forces statement, military spokesman asserts that Egyptian army doctrine does not allow for 'military coups'

Mohamed Morsi
Egypt's president Mohamed Morsi, PM, Hisham Qandil and Minister of Defence Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi (Photo: Egypt's presidential Facebook page)

Egyptian Armed Forces spokesman Ahmed Ali issued a statement on Facebook on Monday stating that Egyptian military doctrine did not allow for "military coups."

"Egyptian Armed Forces' doctrines do not include military coups as a policy. The armed forces already deployed on Egypt's streets in 1977, 1987 and 2011 and this did not lead to a coup, but rather [led the army] to stand with the will of the great Egyptian people and their desire for reform and change."

Earlier on Monday, the armed forces issued a statement giving all political powers 48 hours to resolve Egypt's current political standoff or else face a military-imposed "roadmap" for the country's political future.

"The armed forces statement was issued to push all political players to find a solution to the current political crisis and reach national reconciliation in line with the demands of the Egyptian people," Ali said.

The armed forces spokesman added that the military would not take part in politics or accept a role other than that laid down for it by established democratic norms.

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