Egypt army chief calls for swift political transition

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Egypt’s army chief, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has called on Tuesday for a swift political transition in order to restore stability to the country following the tumultuous overthrow of President Mohammad Mursi.

Sisi was speaking to soldiers and policemen at a seminar, Reuters news agency reported.

The army spokesman’s official Facebook page said Sisi “called on everyone to be truly aware of the size of the problems facing society, and which necessitate speeding up the end of the transitional phase.”

Referring to Mursi’s year as president, the general condemned what he said were attempts to distort “a ruling experience that failed to meet the demands of the Egyptian people” and portray it as a “religious battle and a war on Islam,” according to Reuters.

The army ousted the Muslim Brotherhood president Mursi in July following nationwide protests asking him to resign.

Authorities have since launched a large crackdown on Mursi’s supporters leading to deadly clashes and detentions of top figures of the Brotherhood.

Around 100 Mursi supporters staged a protest in Cairo's Tahrir Square later in the day for the first time since his ouster Reuters reported.

According to the political road map set by the interim government, parliamentary and presidential elections are due to take place by mid-2014.

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