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

Ahram Online, Saturday 24 Aug 2013

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

Nasserist Hamdeen Sabbahi (Photo: AP)

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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