Egypt’s interim leader vows to protect nation

In his first address to the nation, Egypt’s interim leader Adly Mansour said he will protect the country against those who seek chaos and violence.

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Published: Fri 19 Jul 2013, 1:46 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 5:46 PM

In a pre-recorded message aired on Thursday on state television, Mansour said Egypt is going through a decisive period in its history where some want to drag the country into the “unknown” and cause chaos.

He said: “They want this period to be an introduction to violence and we want it to establish for the concept of protecting lives and reaffirming human rights.”

Mansour said his government is committed to realising security and stability.

Mansour’s speech comes a day ahead of a massive rally by supporters of president Mohammed Mursi, overthrown in a coup two weeks ago. The military has warned against violence in Friday’s protests.

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