World Bulletin / News Desk
Egypt's Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said on Thursday that the military is keen on implementing a transition roadmap, announced following the ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi.
Speaking at a meeting with tribal chieftains from the northwestern province of Marsa Matrouh, the top general said Egypt needs to rebuild its own institutions.
"A war of rumors and lies is being launched against us," al-Sisi said in the meeting, which was held at the Western Military Zone in Marsa Matrouh. "We should not pay attention to those who want to weaken our confidence in ourselves and in our just cause."
After unseating the elected president on July 3, the Egyptian army announced a transitional roadmap that includes amending the 2012 constitution, and holding parliamentary and presidential elections within nine months.
On Thursday, Al-Sisi unveiled an initiative for collecting smuggled weapons and ammunitions from residents in Marsa Matrouh.
He encouraged the residents of the northwestern province to voluntarily hand over their arms to prevent them from falling into the hands of people who can use them in killing or terrorizing Egyptians.
A large number of weapons and ammunitions made their way into Marsa Matrouh, which is located in close to borders with Libya, since the downfall of the Muammar Gaddafi regime in 2011.
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