24 November 2012

Egypt: Morsy Says Not Biased Against Any Egyptian Group

President Mohamed Morsy has stressed that he cannot be biased against any group of Egyptians.

Addressing thousands of his supporters gathering outside the Ittihadiya Palace to back the constitutional declaration he issued Thursday, Morsy said, "I am with all Egyptians, supporters and opponents alike."

Morsy defended his decisions which come to serve the best interests of Egypt, Egyptians and the revolution.

He acknowledged that there are supporters and opponents, but still stressed that conclusive actions are needed for Egypt to move forward.

"I can't be biased in favor of one party against the other or turn a blind eye to threats to the revolution by a minority.

"It is my duty to continue on the revolution path and to deal with obstacles linked to the past we hate."

Morsy told his supporters he is taking clear steps on the road toward achieving "a clear goal".

He assured them he is seeking to achieve political and economic stability and stress the importance of power transfer.

The President said he is keen on having a powerful opposition in Egypt.

"I didn't wish for elected municipal councils to be dissolved, but the People's Assembly was dissolved and we have to conduct other polls," Morsy said, noting he never wanted to settle old scores with any judicial institution.

Morsy paid tribute to Egyptian judges, whom he respects and appreciates. But he still pointed to some judges who are taking their position as a cover, adding that he will act to remove this cover.

The president also talked about two groups of opposition; "loyal opponents" and "young thugs" who get paid to sabotage State property and attack police.

Egyptians have the right to express their views freely but without halting production and creating chaos, he said.

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