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Army urges restraint while there is no mention of a 'coup'

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Army urges restraint while there is no mention of a 'coup'


Egypt’s army has urged restraint as the country gets used to the new post-Mursi era.

It says it will protect the right to protest. Many of the ousted leader’s supporters are planning to do just that.

But those who filled Tahrir Square demanding the Islamist president’s resignation are still celebrating the army’s intervention in forcing him to go.

“I am here now because I am so happy for Egypt. My feeling is that I have my country back. We never liked anything done by the Muslim Brotherhood. This is the first time in 50 years that my heart is warmed,” said one woman.

Outside Egypt there is unease at the military’s removal of a democratically elected president. Normally it would trigger economic sanctions and cut off billions of US aid.

Amr Moussa, a member of the opposition National Salvation Front denies there has been a coup: “It was a popular impeachment of the president. It didn’t start by the action of the army. It didn’t come as a result of a meeting between a few officers deciding to do this or that. No, it was the people who insisted that they cannot afford another year of failure.”

The new interim leader Adly Mansour, the top judge of Egypt’s constitutional court, has pledged to hold elections soon but as yet no date has been fixed.

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