World Bulletin / News Desk
Egypt's Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has called on political powers to avoid divisions.
Speaking during a forum for army officers, al-Sisi "called on all political and national powers and the media to work on advancing the political track and avoid divisions", according to a statement posted by army spokesman Ahmed Mohamed Ali on the Facebook.
The "political track" refers to an army-imposed roadmap for political transition following the July 3 ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi.
The plan includes amending the constitution and holding fresh parliamentary and presidential elections.
Morsi supporters denounce his ouster as a "military coup" and demand his reinstatement.
Al-Sisi said that attempts that target the army and the police "will not harm the resolve of the Armed Forces", according to the statement, which did not specify when the forum was held.
He went on to say that the army "will continue its campaign to clear the Sinai Peninsula from criminal elements".
The army chief said that "there are many measures that are being taken to correct the democratic path in Egypt and set up a regime that satisfies all Egyptians".
"Political, economic and social challenges facing Egypt requires us to exert more efforts and show a better understanding of the needs of this phase," he said.
Al-Sisi said that the military is not looking to retain Egypt's power.
"We only look for the protection and stability of this homeland, completing the new constitution and electing a new parliament and a president that are representative of all Egyptians."Last Mod: 26 Kasım 2013, 09:38