Opposition supporters gather for a protest against Mohamed Morsi in Cairo's Tahrir Square (file photo).
A Tehran official has urged the Egyptians to distance themselves from militarism, saying that an all-encompassing democratic trend should take hold in Egypt and the achievements of the country’s 2011 revolution be preserved.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Afro-Arab Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said Egyptians’ legitimate demands should be respected in their quest for independence, freedom and democracy.
He noted that any conflict that would lead to violence in Egypt would play into the enemies’ hands.
“Undoubtedly, the perceptive and insightful people of Egypt will thwart the Zionist regime [of Israel] and enemies’ opportunism as well as bids to stop the growing trend of democracy which is the fruit of the Egyptian revolution,” he pointed out.
After days of massive anti-government protests in Egypt, the military on Wednesday overthrew the country's administration. Egyptian Army Chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced late on the same day that Mohamed Morsi was no longer in office.
In his late night speech on the state television, Sisi said new parliamentary elections would be held and declared Head of Supreme Constitutional Court Adly Mansour as the interim president. He also suspended the country’s constitution.
Following Sisi’s speech, police began arresting key presidential aides and the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Morsi is reportedly held “preventively” by the military. An army official has said that the ousted president might face formal charges over accusations made by his opponents.
Mansour was sworn in as interim president of Egypt on Thursday.