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Army chief seeks mandate to fight Egypt violence

Army chief seeks mandate to fight Egypt violence

Cairo: Egypt's army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has called for nationwide rallies to give the military a mandate to confront what he termed violence and terrorism following the removal of President Mohamed Morsi.

Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who ousted elected Islamist President Mohamed Morsy on July 3, said Wednesday he wants Egyptians to take to the streets on Friday in support of a campaign by the army and police against “violence” and “terrorism.”

It was a thinly veiled reference to stepped up attacks blamed on suspected Islamic militants against security forces in the Sinai Peninsula and the deadly clashes between opponents and supporters of Mr Morsy that have killed dozens.


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