General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has appealed to Egyptians to turn out in force on Friday and endorse the army’s mandate to confront violence.
Speaking on state television at a military graduation ceremony the man who deposed President Mohamad Mursi said there would be no retreat from the army-backed roadmap and added he believed there would be parliamentary elections in about six months.
“I would like you to take the streets to show that you are endorsing the military and police to put an end to violence and terrorism. We didn’t betray anybody. Don’t think that I betrayed the former president. I told him that the Egyptian army belongs to all Egyptians,” he said.
His call comes hours after a bomb explosion ripped through a police station north of Cairo killing one person and injuring 17 others officials confirmed.
Sisi’s appeal is a threat. That was how Essam El-Erian a senior member of Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood reacted. Writing on his Facebook page he said, “Your threat will not prevent millions from continuing to gather.”