World Bulletin/News Desk
A coalition of largely Islamist parties and groups which support ousted president Mohamed Morsi urged the Egyptian people on Thursday to join mass protests on Friday, while congratulating the army on the 40th anniversary of its 1973 victory against Israel.
"We congratulate our people and our army on the anniversary of the 10th of Ramadan victory, which was a victory for the will of the people executed by the army," the National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy said in a statement read out by senior Muslim Brotherhood leader Essam al-Erian.
"The only way out of the crisis caused by the bloody military coup is the return of the constitutional legitimacy represented by the elected president, the suspended constitution and the dissolved Shura Council through peaceful means," he told Morsi supporters staging a sit-in in Rabaa al-Adawiya Square in Cairo's Nasr City.
"We call on the Egyptian people to take to the streets and squares across the country on Friday," al-Erian added.
Egypt's powerful army deposed Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, on July 3 following mass protests against his regime.
It subsequently suspended the constitution and named Adly Mansour, the head of Egypt's constitutional court, as interim president.
Morsi supporters have since taken to the streets nationwide in mass demonstrations and sit-ins to defend his democratic legitimacy and demand his reinstatement.
Many of them have been camping out in Rabaa al-Adawiya Square and in Nahda Square in Giza.Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Temmuz 2013, 12:49