The Ministry of Interior voiced its approval for the armed forces’ Monday announcement and vowed not to favour any one political movement over another.
In an official statement released on Monday night, the ministry stated that it fully supports the statement released earlier that day by the Armed Forces, which it said “protects national security and the state’s interests.”
“The police apparatus renews its vow to … protect citizens and vital state institutions and to preserve the security of the protesters,” the statement read. “The police belong to the people. They stand with equal distance from all political factions, and do not side with one faction at the expense of the other.”
The Armed Forces released a statement Monday afternoon saying it will implement a roadmap for the country if the presidency and the opposition cannot resolve their differences within 48 hours.
The statement was welcomed by opposition movements as well as protesters nationwide calling on President Mohamed Morsi to step down.
The presidency released a statement early Tuesday saying it was not consulted about the Armed Forces’ statement before its issuance. It added that “some of the phrases contained in [the army’s statement] may cause confusion regarding the current complex national situation.”