Egypt calls early presidential election as violence spreads
Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 01:40
Jan. 26 - Families wait to identify some of the 49 people killed during the third anniversary of Egypt's 2011 uprising as interim President Mansour calls for early presidential elections. Gavino Garay reports.
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Caskets carry some of the at least 49 people killed on the third anniversary of the 2011 Egypt uprising.
The victim's families gather outside this Cairo morgue to collect their remains.
Egypt's political violence continued on Sunday, as gunmen reportedly killed three soldiers in the Sinai.
That prompted a warning from the army saying it will eliminate the Muslim Brotherhood movement, which it blames for much of the political turmoil.
Amid the violence, interim President Adly Mansour is also calling for early elections.
Parliamentary elections were supposed to be held before a presidential vote.
Sunday's decision paves the way for the quick election of army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is expected to win in a landslide election.
Egyptians had mixed reactions.
EGYPTIAN MAN WHO DID NOT GIVE HIS NAME, SAYING:
"Our candidate is Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. The decision (to have presidential elections first) is correct so that the country stabilizes and because of the people who are killing themselves. We want stability and not explosions every day."
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) EGYPTIAN MAN, MOHAMED SALAMA, SAYING:
"It is not acceptable to move the elections forward. So why did we have a revolution? Parliament should come first and then after that Presidential elections. It is not acceptable for us to return to dictatorship and the heartache that we are in now."
The decision to revise the order of elections will likely deepen tensions in Egypt, which is struggling to cope with waves of political violence.
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