An earlier version of this article mistakenly said Gen. Abdel Fatah al-Sissi’s comments Sunday were the first since the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi. This version has been corrected.
CAIRO — Egypt’s military chief said Sunday that the armed forces have no intention of retaining political power and only stepped in to remove the country’s democratically elected government under the pressure of overwhelming popular demand.
Gen. Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, who will remain as defense minister in the still-incomplete government that will serve until new elections are held, also said no party would be excluded from the political process, an apparent reference to ousted president Mohamed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood allies.
“Every political force, without exception and without exclusion, must realize that an opportunity is available for everyone in political life and no ideological movement is prevented from participating,” he told a gathering of army officers, according to the state news agency.