World Bulletin / News Desk
The Egyptian interim government has denied media reports about a request for army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi to intervene to stop student protests at universities.
A local newspaper reported that Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi and Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim had asked al-Sisi to intervene to stop daily protests on campus.
The newspaper claimed that Defense Minister al-Sisi rejected the demand unless there was an official request from the government.
"This report is untrue and is totally a fabrication," cabinet spokesman Sherif Shawqi said.
He appealed to media outlets and citizens "to ignore such reports which aim to create confusion".
Pro-democracy protests have rocked several universities throughout the country since the academic year began in September.
The most violent student protests have been witnessed at Al-Azhar University, where the academic year began earlier this week after having been postponed by almost one month.Last Mod: 25 Ekim 2013, 14:16