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Egypt Military Warns of Force to Quell Any Election Disturbances

June 12, 2012

Egypt’s ruling military council said it would respond with “extreme force” to any attempts to disrupt upcoming presidential balloting and cautioned whoever triumphs to keep promises or risk facing the “Egyptian volcano.”

The warning by the council that took over after the ouster of Hosni Mubarak last year came as tensions mount ahead of the vote scheduled to begin on June 16. It pits the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Mursi against Ahmed Shafik, who served as Mubarak’s last premier.

The ruling generals called on Egyptians to vote and stressed that they were equidistant from the candidates, the official Middle East News Agency reported, citing a statement by the military.

The armed forces vowed to “meet any breach of legitimacy with extreme force and firmness and warned those who seek to test us that they would see nothing but determination and strength in achieving the wishes of the people,” according to the statement.

It also cautioned the victor that if he fails to abide by campaign promises, there will be “no patience with you as the Egyptian volcano erupts and never calms.”

To contact the reporter on this story. Dahlia Kholaif in Kuwait at dkholaif@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net.


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