Egypt’s military said on Monday the country will not be ruled by “another (Ayatollah) Khomeini,” the official MENA news agency reported.
“Egypt will not be governed by another Khomeini,” the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces said after a three-hour meeting with newspaper editors-in-chief and MENA.
According to AFP, the military leaders made the remark amid concerns over the growing visibility of the Muslim Brotherhood.
“The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces will not allow extremist factions to control Egypt,” Deputy Defence Minister Mohammed Mokhtar al-Mella told the journalists on Monday.
The military also reiterated its commitment to transfer power to civilian rule after legislative and presidential elections, and to respect freedom of expression. It “expressed the hope that the Egypt of tomorrow will be democratic and modern”, MENA reported.