Egypt committed to transitional road map: President

Ahram Online , Tuesday 13 Aug 2013

Egypt's Interim President Adly Mansour said that his government will abide by the transitional road map and will strictly implement the law

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Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour (Photo: AP)

Egypt's government is committed to implementing the transitional roadmap, Interim President Adly Mansour said on Tuesday.

In his meeting with local governors after a reshuffle today which saw 18 of the 27 regional governors replaced, Mansour said the government will "implement the law strictly," presidential media advisor Ahmed El-Muslimani told Ahram’s Arabic news website.

After the army deposed president Mohamed Morsi on 3 July amid nationwide protests against him, an interim constitutional declaration put forward a roadmap setting out the transitional period. The plan includes amending the currently-suspended 2012 constitution, followed by parliamentary and then presidential elections.

This roadmap was rejected by the National Alliance to Support Legitimacy, a pro-Morsi Islamist coalition led by the Muslim Brotherhood, which has been calling for Morsi’s reinstatement.

Brotherhood spokesman Gehad El-Haddad told Reuters on Tuesday that the organisation is ready to take part in talks on Egypt's political crisis, but they must be based on the "restoration of constitutional legitimacy.” According to the Brotherhood, Morsi is the country's legitimate leader by law and should complete his term, which would end in 2016. They also demand that the decisions suspending the constitution and dissolving the Shura Council be overturned.  

El-Haddad added that Al-Azhar, Egypt's leading Islamic institution, has recently proposed to mediate reconciliation talks, but had yet to propose any initiative to the Brotherhood.

Al-Azhar said last week it would call for a meeting on the country's crisis after international mediation had failed.

Mansour also convened the National Security Council on Monday to address, among other issues, options for ending two large sit-ins being held by supporters of Morsi in Greater Cairo. However, no official statements have been made on the conclusions of the meeting.

Tensions have been on the rise in Egypt with expectations that a crackdown on the sit-ins is imminent. So far, however, security forces have taken no action against the demonstrations.

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