Military: We will hand over power to civilian authority following elections

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) attempted on Sunday to reassure Egyptians that it would not remain in power after  elections and that it would hand over power to the elected civilian authority.

In a statement posted on its Facebook page, the SCAF said it "will not seize power in Egypt, out of respect for legitimacy and in commitment to the principles and values of the prestigious military establishment."

The statement continued by saying that the military "deals with Egyptian national forces without bias or exclusion in order to reach a national consensus through continuous and direct communication."

The statement added that “rumors and accusations” directed at the SCAF aim to “drive a wedge between the army and the people.”

The SCAF stressed that it had “sided with and supported the revolution since day one”, and that it had not sought power in Egypt.

The council continued by saying that it was working hard to “end the transitional period and hand over the country to a civilian authority elected by the people.”

The statement noted “the importance of a national consensus among all political forces on any demands, so that they can be presented to the people”.

It emphasized its refusal of any particular views being imposed on the people without their consent.

The statement pointed to the need for “the unification of efforts” and for “leaving any differences behind," concluding that “the people have the final word”, which would be determined through the ballot box.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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