Egypt’s DM warns of state collapse as political crisis continueSouce:Xinhua Publish By Thomas Whittle Updated 30/01/2013 6:13 am in World / no comments
CAIRO, Jan. 29 — Egyptian Defense Minister Abdel- Fattah al-Sisi warned on Tuesday that the political crisis sweeping Egypt could lead to the collapse of the country.
Sisi said at a graduation ceremony of a new batch of the Military Academy that the continuing conflict among the political forces in Egypt over the management of the country could lead to the collapse of the state and endanger its national security, according to a statement of the army on its official Facebook page.
The political, economic, social and security problems facing Egypt represent “a threat to the country’s security and stability, ” Sisi warned.
Sisi, also commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces, said the state can always depend on the army as a solid and integrating bloc, reiterating that “the army will remain pillar of the state foundations.”
The Armed Forces have deployed in the turmoil-stricken Port Said governorate, as well as Suez and Ismailia to protect people and secure vital and strategic institutions, Sisi said, adding “We will not allow any person to harm the vital waterway of Suez.”
On Sunday, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi imposed a curfew and a state of emergency in the three coastal cities, due to the ongoing bloody clashes there. However, thousands of protesters took to the streets on Monday evening till late hours in defiance of the curfew and army deployment.
Egypt’s Shura Council (upper house of parliament) approved later on Monday a draft law which allows Morsi to deploy the armed forces in the streets in the three provinces that are the most affected by the riots in order to arrest riot-inciters and to help the police maintain security and protect vital facilities.
Sisi also asserted that the army seeks assisting the police forces in their patriotic role in protecting the country.
Five days of clashes between the protesters and the security forces have left over 50 people dead and about 2,000 others injured.