Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

12 December 2012

Egypt: Army Delays Talks With Political Forces

The Egyptian army has postponed talks with political forces aimed at ending the ongoing political crisis.

Turmoil erupted when President Mohamed Mursi issued a constitutional decree shielding his decisions and the Islamist-dominated assembly that wrote the country's new constitution from judicial oversight.

Talks were delayed due to the unexpected low response from national and political forces, the army said in a statement on Wednesday.

Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisy thanked all those who responded to the army's invitation for talks, calling on all forces to focus on national interest during this critical time.

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