Egyptian army says main task is to move to civil rule

10:36, July 28, 2011      

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The Egyptian military forces' main task is to transfer Egypt to a legitimate civil-ruling country via free and integral elections reflecting the will of its people, said head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) Hussein Tantawi on Wednesday.

"We had to take this difficult mission in this period for the sake of Egypt," said Tantawi at an ongoing annual military exercise, according to official news agency MENA.

The armed forces did not and would not use any bullet against the protestors, he added.

The protestors have continued since July 8 to express their anger over the military and cabinet's slow pace of carrying out reforms and trying corrupted figures in the former government.

The SCAF took over power after former President Hosni Mubarak resigned on Feb. 11. It is in charge of the transitional period to realize a civil rule after the parliamentary and presidential elections.

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