Egypt's army chief Abdul-Fattah al-Sissi called on Tuesday for a speedy end to the transitional period to restore democracy and warned against mixing religion with politics, dpa reported.
Al-Sissi, who ousted president Mohammed Morsi in July after millions took to the streets demanding early presidential elections, said a rapid implementation of the roadmap "will restore stability and help face national security challenges facing Egypt."
He was addressing policemen and soldiers at a seminar held to commemorate the 1973 October War, which Egypt will celebrate on Sunday.
The Defence Minister also called on the armed forces to dismiss "all deceptive and distorted messages that aim at mixing religion with politics and transforming the political dispute on a ruling experience that failed to meet the demands of the people to a religious conflict and a war on Islam."
He was referring to Morsi's supporters who accuse their opponents of attacking Islam.
Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group and its allies do not recognize the army-installed authorities and vowed to continue holding street protests until Morsi is reinstated.
Al-Sissi also "denounced attempts to discredit the army and break security institutions ... which aim to ruin Egypt," adding that "the armed forces were keen not to shed a drop of blood in Egypt."
Hundreds were killed since Morsi's ouster in clashes between security and Islamist protesters, most of them in a violent crackdown in mid-August on two major sit-ins in Cairo held by Morsi's loyalists.
After the army toppled Morsi on July 3, al-Sissi announced a roadmap that includes changing the constitution passed under the Islamist president last year and new parliamentary and presidential elections.
A 50-member constitutional panel was appointed last month by caretaker president Adly Mansour to look at amendments to the constitution.
According to the roadmap, the panel has 60 days since it was formed to finalize the draft, which will then be put to a referendum.
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