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Ignoring President Morsi, Egyptian Armed Forces Issue a 48-Hour Ultimatum for Politicians to Resolve the Crisis

By Hassan El-Najjar

Al-Jazeerah, July 1, 2013

The Armed Forces Ultimatum

The following is a summary, not a translation of the Arabic text (below):

The mass movement of the Egyptian people deserves a response to their demands.
The Armed Forces has a historic and national responsibility to respond confirming the following:

1. The armed forces is not a party in politics or governance.

2. The national security of the state is threatened, which forces us to act, in order to alleviate the danger.

3. The armed forces gave the political factions a week to get together and find a solution to the crisis. As nothing happened, the Egyptian people came out with this massive movement.

4. Wasting more time will only lead to more division and conflict.

5. This situation has created a moral and psychological burden on the shoulders of the armed forces to stop all those contributing to the crisis.

6. The armed forces give all factions 48 hours to meet the demands of the people (early presidential and parliamentary elections, as well as a new government).

7. In case the political factions fail to resolve the crisis, the armed forces will announce its own plan (future map) to resolve it, with practical steps involving all factions, including the youth who have been the dynamo of the revolution.


Egyptian Presidency Responds to the Armed Forces Ultimatum

The following is a summary, not a translation of the Arabic text (below):

In its response to the Armed Forces ultimatum issued today, July 1, 2013, the Egyptian presidency announced that the Egyptian state has transformed after the Revolution into a democratic, civil, and modern state, and that nothing will take it back to what it was before.

It also reiterated that the presidency started its practical steps towards national reconciliation, in implementation of the President's announcement during his last speech, in the first anniversary of his presidency.

The response pointed that the President of the Republic was not consulted about the announcement of the Armed Forces, which contained what may cause confusion in the national complex situation.

It has confirmed that the President continues his consultations with various factions for the purpose of the comprehensive national reconciliation, despite any announcements which may lead to disunity among citizens of the homeland, and may threaten the social peace.


الرئاسة: أخذنا خطوات عملية للمصالحة ولن نعود إلى الوراء

[02-07-2013][3:10:46 مكة المكرمة]

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أكدت رئاسة الجمهورية أن الدولة المصرية الديمقراطية المدنية الحديثة هي أهم مكتسبات ثورة ٢٥ يناير المجيدة ولن تسمح مصر بكل قواها بالعودة إلى الوراء تحت أي ظرف من الظروف، فقد دفع الشعب المصري من دماء أبنائه ومن استقراره ومن تعطل مسيرة التنمية ثمنًا غاليًا لبناء دولته الجديدة ولقد اخترنا جميعًا الآليات الديمقراطية كخيار وحيد لتكون الطريق الآمن لإدارة اختلافنا في الرؤى. 

كانت مؤسسة الرئاسة قد أخذت خطوات عملية لتفعيل آلية المصالحة الوطنية التي أعلنها الرئيس في خطابه الأخير للأمة المصرية بمناسبة مرور عام على تحمله المسئولية وتهدف تلك الآلية إلى العمل على التواصل بين كافة القوى السياسية للتوافق حول مسار وخطوات واضحة لمعالجة القضايا الوطنية المثارة من قبل الشارع. 

ونوهت بأن البيان الصادر عن القيادة العامة للقوات المسلحة لم تتم مراجعة رئيس الجمهورية بشأنه، وترى الرئاسة أن بعض العبارات الواردة فيه تحمل من الدلالات ما يمكن أن يتسبب في حدوث إرباك للمشهد الوطني المركب. 

وأكدت الرئاسة أنها ماضية في طريقها الذي خططته من قبل لإجراء المصالحة الوطنية الشاملة استيعابًا لكافة القوى الوطنية والشبابية والسياسية واستجابة لتطلعات الشعب المصري العظيم بغض النظر عن أي تصريحات من شأنها تعميق الفرقة بين أبناء الوطن الواحد وربما تهدد السلم الاجتماعي أيًّا كانت الدافع وراء ذلك ولا يزال الرئيس يجري مشاورات مع كافة القوى الوطنية حرصًا على تأمين مسار التحول الديمقراطي وحماية الإرادة الشعبية.


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