10 Feb '11, 10pm

#EGYPT: For. Min. Ahmed Aboul #Gheit says military might "intervene to control the country" if chaos breaks out. #jan25

CAIRO - As Egypt's uprising entered its 17th day yesterday, bolstered by strikes and protests among professional groups in Cairo and workers across the country, a senior official in President Hosni Mubarak's embattled government was quoted as saying the army would "intervene to control the country" if it fell into chaos. The warning by Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit seemed to add a further ominous tone to earlier comments by newly appointed Vice-President Omar Suleiman, who said the alternatives facing tens of thousands of demonstrators demanding Mr Mubarak's ouster were dialogue with the authorities or "a coup". Mr Aboul Gheit told Al Arabiya television: "We have to preserve the Constitution, even if it is amended." "If chaos occurs, the armed forces will intervene to control the country, a step which would lead to a very dangerous situation," he was quoted as saying ...

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