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July 24, 2013 8:17 am

Egypt’s General Al-Sisi Calls for Friday Demonstrations to Prove Army Mandate

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General Abdul Fatah Khalil Al-Sisi. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Globe and Mail / AP – Egypt’s military chief on Wednesday called on his countrymen to hold mass demonstrations to voice their support for the army and police to put an end to “violence” and “terrorism.” Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, addressing a graduation ceremony for a class of military cadets, urged Egyptians to take to the streets on Friday, saying a massive turnout would give him a “mandate” and an “order” to do what is “necessary” to combat the bloodshed that has killed dozens since the military ousted President Mohammed Morsi three weeks ago.

“On Friday, every honourable and honest Egyptian must come out. Come out and remind the whole world that you have a will and resolve of your own,” el-Sissi said. “Please, shoulder your responsibility with me, your army and the police and show your size and steadfastness in the face of what is going on.”

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