Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

17 March 2013

Egypt: Poll Shows 82 Percent in Egypt Want Army to Return to Power

A poll conducted by the Ibn Khaldoun Center for Development Studies shows that 82 percent of Egyptians support the return of the army to power.

The sample included 2,000 people from different political, social and intellectual backgrounds with 63 percent of them under the age of 35, according to a report released by the center on Sunday.

The sample included residents from both the countryside and urban cities including Cairo and Northern and Southern cities.

The poll that was conducted over two weeks asked citizens about the extent of their acceptance of the army returning to the political scene during this critical time after having withdrawn for more than six months.

The survey includes questions on people's views on Egypt's current political crisis as well as the government's performance among other key issues.

Forty-seven percent of the sample asked that the army, if it returned to power, declares a specific period during which it would run the country as well as transparency with its plans during the transition period.

A wave of authorizations or powers of attorney were issued in recent weeks by citizens who wish for the army to return to power due to their dissatisfaction with President Mohamed Mursi's administration.

A group of military generals known as the Supreme Council of Armed Forces ran Egypt following the ousting of Hosni Mubarak until the election of Mursi.

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