The UN Secretary-General, Ban ki-Moon has called for calm and dialogue in Egypt following the removal from office of the country’s elected President Mohamed Morsi by the military.
President Morsi, who is Egypt’s first freely elected leader was ousted and put under house arrest by the military Wednesday July 3, 2013 after sustained protests by some citizens calling for his removal.
Ban ki-Moon said at this moment of continued high tension and uncertainty in the country, he reiterates his appeals for calm, non-violence, dialogue and restraint.
“An inclusive approach is essential to addressing the needs and concerns of all Egyptians. Preservation of fundamental rights, including freedom of speech and assembly remain of vital importance,” he said.
He indicated that he is following closely and with continuing concern the fast-moving developments in Egypt, and continues to stand with the aspirations of the Egyptian people.
The UN boss, described Egypt’s transition as now being at another delicate juncture following the army’s announcement that it is suspending the constitution and appointing the head of the constitutional court as interim head of state, adding, decisions that have not been accepted by President Morsi.
According to Ban ki-Moon, in their protests many Egyptians have voiced deep frustrations and legitimate concerns. At the same time, military interference in the affairs of any state is of concern. “Therefore, it will be crucial to quickly reinforce civilian rule in accordance with principles of democracy,” he said.
“The world is watching closely the next steps with the hope that Egyptians will remain on a peaceful course, overcome the deep difficulties they are facing today, and find the needed common ground to move forward in a transition for which so many fought so courageously,” he added.
Meanwhile, the top judge of Egypt’s Constitutional Court, Adly Mahmud Mansour, has been sworn in as interim leader, hours after Morsi was ousted and put under house arrest.
Mr Mansour in a speech, praised the armed forces and the Egyptian people, saying the era of “worship of the ruler” should end.
About 50 people are reported dead since the protest started last Sunday June 29, 2013.
By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi