on Sunday, Egypt’s military told the country’s rulers and the opposition a week to come up with an understanding before it embarks on a opposition protests planned for June 30 that would be aimed at ousting the president and preventing the nation from entering a dark phase.
The thinly veiled warning states that if liberal and mostly secular protesters are attacked during the planned peaceful demonstrations it would step in and wouldn’t mind acting against the hard-line backers of President Mohammed Morsi. The president’s office, however, appears bent on trying to look as unfazed by the threat as a statement it issued late Saturday made no mention of the threat while simply declaring that the president met Abdel-Fattah el-Siss, Defense Minister General to go over the “domestic scene.
In Egypt, the president is the supreme commander of the armed forces and in a bid to assert his superiority over the army chief, the brief statement only claimed that the president had ordered quick implementation of existing plans to ensure the protection of the country’s vital and strategic installations. Opponents of the ruling Muslim Brotherhood and President Morsi claim that since the ousting of Hosni Mubarak in the 2011 revolution, the new rulers have broken promises to look for consensus, pushed through an Islamist-heavy constitution, sought to monopolize power and encroached on the independence of the judiciary through their heavy handed misrule. It’s interesting to note that the government has won a series of elections since the revolution.
Until the June 2012 inauguration of Morsi, the military had ruled Egypt directly and through its most direct warning yet, the army is hoping to prevent the county plunging into yet another internal conflict. The military’s Facebook page issued a statement that claimed that they are well aware of the dangers that are posing a potent threat to the country and that they would not idly watch and allow the country to descend into a conflict that could become unmanageable.
The military reiterated its moral and patriotic responsibility to prevent conflict or internal fighting and would intervene if necessary. One of the major concerns for the military regarding the June 30 protest would be to keep the sentiments of the young, passionate demonstrators under check since the army is keen on ensuring that the protest remains peaceful. However, it is also erring on the side of caution to prevent the demonstration from spiraling out of control.