Given recent developments, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces stresses the following:
- The SCAF since assuming responsibility [power] has always been on the side of the people, and has never resorted to any exceptional measures, and has improved the institutional work of all state institutions, stressing the importance of the legitimacy of law and the constitution to preserve the status of the Egyptian state, and out of respect for its great people.
- Decree number 350 for the year 2012, issued by the SCAF, came in accordance with the council’s authority and represented the implementation of a verdict delivered by the High Constitutional Court, which declared the People’s Assembly null and void since its election.
- The Constitutional Deceleration issued on 17 June 2012 came as a result of the political, legal and constitutional circumstances that the country was facing. It ensures the continuity of state institutions and the SCAF until a new constitution is drafted. We are confident that all state institutions will respect all constitutional declarations.
- The malicious accusation that the SCAF cut a deal [with the presidency] is an important issue that shakes the pillars of patriotism that we have always stuck to and respected.
The Armed Forces belongs to Egypt’s great people, and will always fulfil its promises and be on the side of legitimacy, the constitution and the law for the sake of the people.