Egypt chief of staff says army will avoid politics
By Raissa Kasolowsky
ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Egypt's armed forces, for decades at the center of power, will avoid involvement in politics but could have a role if things became "complicated", the chief of staff said on Sunday.
It also expects rival political groups to solve disputes by dialogue, Major General Sedki Sobhi told Reuters
The military ran Egypt for six decades from the end of the colonial era and through an interim period after the overthrow of former air force chief and president Hosni Mubarak two years ago.
About 60 people have been killed since late January in protests that erupted after the second anniversary of the uprising.
Speaking to Reuters at an industry event in Abu Dhabi, said that in a week or 15 days some kind of national dialogue would take shape between the ruling Muslim Brotherhood and opposition groups.
The army would not back any political party, he said.
"We are not political, we don't want to participate in the political situation because we suffered a lot because of this in the last six months," he said.
"But sometimes we can help in this problem, we can play this role if the situation became more complicated," he said without elaborating. Continued...