New Egyptian government to be in place by spring, foreign minister says

New government determined to empower women, youth

(CNN) -- Egypt will have a new government by next spring, following parliamentary and presidential elections, its foreign minister told the U.N. General Assembly on Saturday.

Nabil Fahmy said work is under way "on several tracks" to establish stability following the July ouster of President Mohamed Morsy in a military coup.

"It has so far succeeded in establishing the principles of justice, freedom and democracy as a basis for governance," Fahmy said. "This will be followed by parliamentary elections, then presidential elections, so that the transitional phase ends by next spring."

All Egyptians may participate in the political process, Fahmy said, "as long as they are committed to the renunciation of violence and terrorism and acts of incitement to them," and follow the rule of law.

The government is also determined to empower women and support its youth, Fahmy said.

Less than a block away from where Fahmy spoke at the Union Nations, dueling protests took place between Egyptians who support the government and those who back Morsy.

"Free, free Egypt! Long live Egypt!" shouted the pro-Morsy crowd, some of whom waved pictures of the ousted president. One placard read, "Only in Egypt your vote never counts" and another read, "No to massacre and martial law in Egypt."

Nearby were those who support the current government. As they chanted "We love Egypt," one person raised a sign saying "Egyptians support our government in their war against terrorism."

Egypt explained its August crackdown on a pro-Morsy demonstration -- a widely criticized move that left hundreds dead -- by saying it was fighting terrorism.


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