Friday, February 11, 2011

Report: Mubarak, Suleiman spoke 'against wishes of armed forces'

Michael Winter, USA TODAY
Feb 11, 2011

Thursday's speeches by Hosni Mubarak and Vice President Omar Suleiman were "against the wishes of the Egyptian armed forces, and away from their oversight," a former senior intelligence officer tells Ahram Online.

Maj. Gen. Safwat El-Zayat, also a member of the non-governmental Egyptian Council of Foreign Affairs, said there was now "a deep cleavage between the armed forces, represented in its Supreme Council, and the presidential authority, represented in both President Mubarak and his Vice President, Omar Suleiman," Ahram writes.

Today's "communique #2" from the military council "was not, as many people in Egypt and elsewhere understood it, an affirmation of the addresses of Mubarak and Suleiman, but rather an attempt to avoid an open conflict, while at the same time underlining that the army will act as guarantor for the transition to full democracy," the paper continues.

El-Zayat attributed this insider perspective to sources within the military.

He also advised Egyptians to "listen carefully to the anticipated communique #3."

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