Muslim Brotherhood Political Party Leader Says Egyptian Army ‘Erred’

Dr. Essam El-Erian, the vice chairman of the Freedom and Justice Party, which is the political wing of Egypt’s ruling Muslim Brotherhood, released a statement Tuesday criticizing the Egyptian army for getting involved in the mass demonstrations calling for the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi. 

“The army command erred by issuing a statement that sidetracked the President of Egypt and made no mention of, nor reference to, the Constitution or the law, which confused the popular, partisan and political arena–as others did before,” El-Erian said. “The people responded and corrected mistakes. It will not allow anyone to ignore their choices as made clear time and time again through the ballot-box, approving the Constitution and electing a civilian President to lead a civil state where the army does its much-appreciated role under the leadership of Supreme Commander, who is obliged to dutifully maintain the army’s unity and its ability to defend the homeland.”

After issuing an ultimatum to Morsi, army leaders have reportedly drafted a plan to dissolve the parliament if he does not step down. 

El-Erian also referenced the 2011 Egyptian revolution that saw the establishment of the parliament. 

“The Egyptian revolution was guided by God. He will protect its march to completeness,” he said. 

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