Egypt’s armed forces on Saturday declared a national day of mourning after President Mohamed Morsi’s death, an unprecedented step after he was removed from power amid mass protests over the deaths of four police officers.
The statement from the military was the first of its kind by the armed forces since Morsi’s overthrow in July.
Morsi was ousted in a military coup in July after mass protests erupted over the killings of protesters and the killing of his own brother, Mohamed.
The statement said the armed force will “make the necessary changes to restore the rule of law, freedom and justice, as well as restoring the rights of Egyptians”.
It did not give a time frame for restoring the rule or what the military would do to restore order.
It is the first time the armed group has declared a mourning day.
Egypt’s state news agency said on Saturday that the statement was “part of the efforts to restore security and calm” following the killings.
Egyptian authorities have made it a crime to be an independent or vocal critic of the Muslim Brotherhood, a group the United States says is linked to the Islamic State group.