Egypt army chief calls for protests against violence

Reuters News

7/24/2013 6:06:19 AM - Reuters News

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called for nationwide rallies on Friday to give the military a mandate to confront what he termed violence and terrorism following the ousting of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

In a speech on Wednesday at a military graduation ceremony, Sisi denied accusations that he had betrayed Mursi and vowed to stick to a political roadmap that laid the way for a reform of the constitution and new elections within some six months.

He said his appeal for protests on Friday was not a call for violence and expressed support for efforts for national reconciliation.

(Reporting by Tom Perry and Asma Alsharif; editing by Crispian Balmer)