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Middle East and Africa

‘We could not close our eyes’

 The Communiqué of the Armed Forces, 3 July 2013

The armed forces could not close their eyes and their ears to the movement and the cry of the people who invoked their national and non-political role. The armed forces are the first to declare that they are and they will remain distant from political action

 

 

The armed forces have perceived – with a penetrating look – that the people who invoked their help did not ask them to take authority or a government but called them to the service of everyone and for the necessary protection of the revolutionary demands. This was the message that the armed forces received from every regional capital of Egypt, from cities and from villages, and to which they have responded. Understanding what was requested and assessing the need for it, they have drawn near to the political arena hopeful and confident and with a full sense of duty, in responsibility and honesty.

 

In recent months they have worked greatly, directly and indirectly, to circumscribe the domestic situation and to achieve a national reconciliation of all the political forces, including the Presidency of the Republic, since November 2012. They began with an invitation to national dialogue to which all the national forces responded but which the Presidency rejected at the last moment. Appeals and initiatives then followed one another since then to today.

 

At the same time the armed forces have offered on more than one occasion an assessment of the strategic situation at a domestic and foreign level in order to meet the greatest challenges and dangers that the country has to address at the level of security and the economic, political and social levels. As a national institution, the armed forces have expressed their vision to circumscribe the causes of social division, eliminate the reasons for tension and address the challenges and dangers, so as to move out of the current crisis.

 

Faced with the continuation of the present crisis the High Command of the Armed Forces had a meeting with the President of the Republic at Qasr al-Qubba on 22 June 2013, during the course of which it expressed its opinion, refusing to cause injury to the national and religious state institutions and communicating its refusal to proceed with operations of intimidation and threats towards the rallied Egyptian people.

 

Hope was laid in the prevailing of national concord through a road map that would restore trust, calm and stability to this people in line with its just aspirations and hopes. However the speech of the President the day before yesterday and before the expiry of the ultimatum of 48 hours did not meet the requests of the rallied people. For this reason the armed forces, according to their national and historic responsibility, were forced to set in motion consultations with certain leaders of the national and political forces and with the youth without excluding or distancing anyone. All those who came together agreed on a road map which contains the first steps to construct a strong and compact Egyptian society that does not exclude any of its children and its currents, putting an end to the situation of struggle and division.

 

The road map envisages as follows:

 

The Constitution is temporarily suspended.

 

The President of the Constitutional Court takes an oath before the general assembly of the tribunal.

 

Early presidential elections are called while the President of the Constitutional Court takes on the management of current matters during the transitory period until the election of a new president. The President of the Constitutional Court has the power to issue constitutional decrees during the transitory stage.

 

A strong and capable government of national responsibility will be formed with all the requirements to manage the current stage.

 

A committee will be formed of all approaches and experiences in order to draw up the amendments proposed to the text of the Constitution, which is temporarily suspended.

 

The Constitutional Court is requested to decide rapidly on the electoral Bill of the Chambers and to set in motion the measures that are needed to prepare for parliamentary elections.

 

A document will be drawn up on the media which will assure freedom of information, establishing professional rules and rules for credibility, impartiality and attention to the higher interests of the country.

 

Executive provisions will be taken to integrate young people into the institutions of the State so that they can take part in decisions as helpers of ministers, provincial governors and the various executive authorities.

 

A high commission will be formed for national reconciliation made up of credible figures, accepted by all the national elites and representative of all approaches.

 

The armed forces ask the noble Egyptian people in all its components to stick to peaceful demonstrations, avoiding violence which would only cause further tensions and loss of innocent blood. They warn that in cooperation with the Minister for Internal Affairs they will react with all force and decisiveness to any violent excess, according to the law and their national and historic responsibility.

 

Lastly, the armed forces express their greetings and their esteem to the men of the army and the police, judges faithful to their great national role and their constant sacrifices to keep the peace and security of Egypt and her noble people.

 

May God defend Egypt and her proud people. May the peace of God be on you and His mercy and His blessings.

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