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During Friday prayers in Tahrir Square, an imam called for the formation of a volunteer army of 3 million soldiers to assist the armed forces in reinstating security and protecting Egypt's borders.
The Islamic preacher, Mohamed Farahat, praised the role of the armed forces in protecting the revolution, but said the ruling military council's recent decisions reflected inconsistency and discord.
He said a popular army would serve a defensive purpose and would only be concerned with internal security.
He called for a civilian government and stressed that national unity between Muslims and Christians is the safety valve of the country. Farahat said that Islam acknowledges civilian states.