Egypt's army chief warns of collapse of state

CAIRO Tue Jan 29, 2013 2:23pm IST

Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi (R) meets with Defence Minister General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo August 22, 2012. REUTERS/Egyptian Presidency/Handout

Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi (R) meets with Defence Minister General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo August 22, 2012.

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CAIRO (Reuters) - The head of the Egyptian military said political conflict in the country could lead to the collapse of the state and protecting the Suez Canal was one of the main objectives of an army deployment in nearby cities shaken by violence.

"The continuation of the struggle of the different political forces ... over the management of state affairs could lead to the collapse of the state," General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is also defence minister, said. His remarks were published on the official Facebook page of the army spokesman.

(Writing by Tom Perry)

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