On Sunday, President Vladimir Putin said that Egypt is on the verge of a civil war, as tensions continued to escalate in the North African country between the supporters and opponents of deposed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi Isa al-Ayyat. During a working visit to Kazakhstan, Putin said, “Syria’s already engulfed in a civil war; no matter how sad it may sound, Egypt’s also moving in the same direction. It’d be good if the Egyptian people avoided this fate”. On Wednesday, the Egyptian armed forces deposed Morsi and suspended the country’s constitution, Egyptian Defence Minister Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi said in a televised address to the nation. He said that the head of Egypt’s Constitutional Court, Adly Mahmoud Mansour, would be interim president during a transition period until there’s an early presidential election. Reportedly, since Morsi’s ouster from power, clashes between Morsi supporters and opponents across the country killed dozens and injured hundreds more.
7 July 2013