After a lengthy meeting with Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi, National Defense Council announced Saturday the possibility of imposing a curfew or a state of emergency in uncontrollable areas of violent confrontations.
“The Council affirms that the state institutions have the right to take necessary actions in order to protect the state premises, including imposing a curfew and state of emergency,” said Information Minister Salah Abdel-Maksoud after the meeting.
Abdel-Maksoud, reading the Council’s statement, said the Council called on all political forces for a comprehensive national dialogue led by independent national figures to discuss controversial political issues and to reach consensus over procedures to ensure transparency in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
Affirming the people’s rights of peaceful demonstrations, Abdel- Maksoud said the Council condemned all the violence seen over the past few days, calling on Egyptians to focus on work and production.
The information minister also announced the Council’s support for the efforts exerted by the Interior Ministry and the Armed Forces to protect state institutions and vital premises.