(CAIRO) — Egyptian interim President Adly Mansour strongly suggested in his first televised speech to the nation that security is first and foremost in his mind two weeks after his predecessor was removed from power.
Former President Mohamed Morsi’s ouster by the military has spurred wide protests by supporters of the Islamist leader who have vowed to continue demonstrating until he is returned as Egypt’s president.
However, Mansour, who was installed by General Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi, who many consider the real power in Egypt, said his new government would not put up with those who resort to violence to attain their goals.
Mansour said in his speech, “We will battle for security to the end,” hinting that Morsi’s supporters were more concerned with destabilizing the country than achieving a democratic Egypt.
Friday has the makings of a volatile day in Egypt with both Morsi’s supporters and opponents calling for massive street demonstrations.
Meanwhile, the military, in a statement primarily directed at Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood party, told protesters “not to deviate from peaceful means of expression or resort to violence or vandalism…Whoever does not abide peacefully is only exposing his life to danger and will be dealt with according to the law.”
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Susan Scutti, CNN
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