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Military Veterans Form Party Calling For Morsi to Step Down

A new political party, The Egyptian Will, includes former military officers who are seeking Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi’s removal from office.
A protester opposing Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi gestures at the riot police while holding a national flag during clashes with Islamist protesters in front of The 6th October Bridge near Tahrir Square in Cairo, April 19, 2013. Thousands of Islamist protesters clashed with opponents as they rallied on Friday to demand a purge of Egypt's judiciary, a sign of rising tension between the Islamist government and legal organs seen as a redoubt of old regime influence. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh (EGYPT - Tags:

CAIRO — In October 1973, Gen. Mohamed Okasha led a squadron of French Mirage fighter jets to bomb Israeli military targets in the Sinai Peninsula. In January 2011, 38 years later, he stood in Tahrir Square carrying a banner emblazoned with his motto, “The fighters of October '73 are supporting youth of Jan. 25.” In March 2013, he co-founded a political party, The Egyptian Will Party.

“The idea of establishing a political party started with five retired military officers, now we are 200 former military men who fought alongside each other for long years. And weeks later, we became a minority among hundreds of civilians who joined the party as officials or members,” Okasha told Al-Monitor at a conference in Cairo on Saturday, May 11. Beside him sat Gen. Samir Aziz Mikhail, his fellow pilot, who was described by military historians as “the best non-Russian to fly the Meg-21 fighter jet.”

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