UNITED NATIONS: Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy said yesterday that the transitional phase of government in Egypt should end “by next spring,” replacing leaders appointed after the army ousted elected president Mohammed Mursi in July.
The army ousted Mursi on July 3. An interim government was appointed and a roadmap for a transition to new elections was announced. “Work is under way, in line with the roadmap, on several tracks. It has so far succeeded in establishing the principles of justice, freedom and democracy, as a basis for governance,” Fahmy told the UN General Assembly.
“This will be followed by parliamentary elections, then presidential elections, so that the transitional phase ends by next spring,” he said.
“We are determined to fully implement the roadmap. This requires us to give the utmost priority to the preservation of security and the enforcement of the law, and to counter any intimidation attempts aiming at hindering our efforts,” Fahmy told the gathering of world leaders. He said no Egyptians will be excluded from the democratic process as long as they are committed to peaceful means.