Egypt Army Warns Against Unrest As Protesters Fill Tahrir [View all]
Source: Agence France-Presse
CAIRO: Egypt's ruling military warned on Friday that it would deal "firmly" with any attempt to harm the public interest as thousands of people packed Cairo's iconic Tahrir Square accusing it of a power grab.
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), which took over when veteran strongman Hosni Mubarak was ousted by a popular uprising in February last year, also delivered veiled criticism of the Muslim Brotherhood, charging that efforts were afoot to preempt the outcome of a hard-fought presidential election.
But it insisted that it remained neutral in the deeply polarizing election run-off between the Brotherhood's candidate Mohamed Mursi and Mubarak's last prime minister Ahmed Shafiq.
"Protecting the status of state institutions is a national responsibility for all. Any attack on them threatens the stability and national security of Egypt," said a SCAF statement read on state television.