17 February 2013

Egypt: Justice Minister - Gov't Has to Receive Support From Army

Justice Minister, Ahmed Mekki said Saturday 16/ 2/2013 that the Muslim Brotherhood is the only body capable of running Egypt at present.

"There is no other group that can run the country at present except the army," he said in an interview with the Egyptian Television.

Mekki said that any government must have the support of the Armed Forces.

"This is because civilians are still continuing to differ," he added. The minister said that the opposition should unite in order to be effective. "Many of the civil society institutions and others are ineffective and have no role on the street," he said.

Mekki said that the Muslim Brotherhood has lost some popularity in the past period. He also admitted that there is a lack of experience in running the country's affairs by those from the Freedom and Justice Party, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood.

"There are also those who are targeting the Brotherhood and are seeking to unseat them," he added.

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