Pro-Morsi Protests Aim to Shake Egypt: President Mansour

Egypt’s interim president Adly Mansour said on Saturday that recurring protests in support of deposed president Mohamed Morsi aim to “shake” the country.

Mansour said in an interview with the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) that these protests are “not popular” and only represent “limited groups,” that want to give the impression that the “government is unable to run the country.”

This comes as the pro-Morsi National Alliance to Support Legitimacy (NASL) vowed to stage daily protests until Monday, when the deposed president’s trial is due to begin.

On Friday, thousands staged demonstrations nationwide.

Mansour also told KUNA that the Muslim Brotherhood, from which Morsi hails, are “no longer able to mobilise” protests.

Since the army ousted Morsi in July amid mass nationwide protests against him, the Muslim Brotherhood has been staging regular demonstrations against what they say was a “military coup”, calling for his reinstatement.

The Brotherhood has been active recently on university campuses, staging daily “anti-coup” student protests, some escalating into violent clashes. On Wednesday, police stormed Al-Azhar University campus in Cairo to disperse student protests.

Meanwhile, Mansour told KUNA that Egypt’s economic and security situation is improving, adding that the government is working on attracting investment.