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Middle East researcher at International Strategic Research Organization (USAK) Ali Hussein Bakeer said Wednesday that Gen. Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister of Egypt, called on Egyptian people to create civil war in the country, where there have been deadly conflicts between pro-Morsi and anti-Morsi protesters since Mohammed Morsi, the first democratically elected president, was ousted by the army on July 3.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Bakeer noted that remarks of Sisi might have a meaning that the army could announce authoritarianism in the country giving the violence in the streets as an excuse.
Sisi on Wednesday said on television, "I urge the people to take to the streets on Friday to prove their will and give me, the army and police, a mandate to confront possible violence and terrorism."
Bakeer pointed out that Sisi's remarks took place at an inappropriate time and stressed that those remarks would push the country into a worse condition.
Stating that the anti-coup demonstrations were protected by neither the army nor the police, he said, "on the contrary, the demonstrators were exposed to deadly attacks from 'Baltaji' groups under the auspices of the police."
"Sisi proved that the interim government is completely dysfunctional without having the executive power," said Bakeer referring to Sisi's giving a speech despite the existence of an interim president and an interim government.
Sisi's speech message to outside world, say military experts
Meanwhile several military experts close to Egypt's military establishment, , who likewise defended the alleged stance against “terrorism,” believe that army chief and Defense Minister Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi's call for mass protests on Friday was actually a message to the outside world aimed at showing popular support for his ouster of president Mohamed Morsi and the subsequent crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood.
"The aim is to reaffirm the Egyptian people's support in front of the international community," retired general Hossam Sweilam, former director of the army's Research and Strategic Studies Center, told Anadolu Agency.
"The army will not hold back for long with respect to the terrorism perpetrated by supporters of president Morsi and will keep all its options open," he added. "The army just wanted a popular mandate first."
General Mahmoud Zaher, a strategic analyst, believes al-Sisi wants to show the world that the Egyptian people stand behind the army.
"The speech indicates that there are already plans for future steps regarding the fight against terrorism, including trials and maybe using force to disperse sit-ins based on a flexible timetable," Zaher said.
Morsi supporters have been out on the streets since the army ousted the elected president on July 3, staging mass protests and sit-ins to defend his democratic legitimacy and demand his reinstatement.
Military sources who declined to be named anticipate the deployment of military reinforcements, especially in Sinai, and a state of emergency in Egypt's border areas.Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Temmuz 2013, 09:23