Egypt’s military warns against political ‘maneuvering’

  • Agencies, Cairo, Egypt
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  • Updated: Jul 10, 2013 01:16 IST

Egypt’s army chief says the military will not accept political “maneuvering,” in a thinly veiled warning to the only Islamist party that sided with the army’s removal of president Mohammed Morsi, but has since had frictions with other factions over forming a new leadership.

Defense minister Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said Tuesday in a statement carried by state TV that “the future of the nation is too important and sacred for maneuvers or hindrance, whatever the justifications.”

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The statement appears to refer to days of political stalemate after an ultraconservative party, Al-Nour, objected to two nominees for prime minister and outright blocked one of them, pro-reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei.

El-Sissi’s statement comes shortly after a prominent economist Hazem el-Beblawi was named prime minister.

$5 bn help from Saudi

Saudi Arabia approved a $5 billion aid package to Egypt on Tuesday comprising a $2 billion central bank deposit, $2 billion in energy products, and $1 billion in cash, the Saudi Finance Minister Ibrahim Alassaf said.

The aid comes after the Egyptian army overthrew President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood.

 

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