By Mick Krever and Claire Calzonetti, CNN
The arrest in Egypt of the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Badie, is “proper” and not just “vindictive,” an adviser to the interim Egyptian president said on Tuesday.
“I wouldn’t say just a victory from a vindictive standpoint, but from the standpoint that we are restoring law and order in a country which has its own sovereign rights,” ElMostafa Hegazy told CNN’s Hala Gorani, who is sitting in for Christiane Amanpour.
Hegazy, speaking from Cairo, said that the military ousting of Mohamed Morsy from the Egyptian presidency was necessary because Morsy “and his group, and his militias, has been terrorizing Egyptian, I would say at least emotionally.”
“Maybe it’s a kind of creative democracy that we haven’t seen,” Hegazy contended, “but because we didn’t have the process of impeaching the president through a parliament, we had to do it the way that we’ve done it.”
Egypt in recent days has been wracked by extreme violence. In the past week, about 900 people – civilians though also security personnel – have been killed.
But Hegazy said that the government’s response to pro-Morsy protests is “not at all” like the ruling style of Hosni Mubarak.
“We’re having a war of terrorism against the Egyptian people and the Egyptian state,” Hegazy said.
Amidst all this upheaval, it may be hard to see a road back to stability; Hegazy laid out his government’s plan to get there.
“We are having a constitution in 60 days or maybe a bit less or a bit more from today,” he told Gorani.
Once a constitution is in place and it is approved by referendum, he said, Egypt will hold parliamentary elections within 15 days; two months after that they will call for presidential elections.
“The first stage of our roadmap to the future has been completed,” Hegazy said.