Zee Media Bureau
Cairo: Ahead of planned protests demanding his removal, Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi sought to defend his one year in office, confessing mistakes and apologising for drawbacks and simultaneously warning that protests could “paralyse” the country.
In a nationally televised address that marked his one year as Egypt President, Mursi said that the unrest would bring chaos and threaten the democracy.
"Egypt faces many challenges. The polarisation has reached a stage that could threaten our democratic experience and paralyse the nation and cause chaos," Mursi said.
Confessing to mistakes, Mursi said, “I was right in some cases, and wrong in other case... I have discovered after a year in charge that for the revolution to achieve its goals, it needs radical measures."
"I have made many mistakes, there is no question. Mistakes can happen, but they need to be corrected," he told the audience.
Mursi also apologised to people over fuel shortage issues and for not involving the youth as expected.
Defending his leadership Mursi said, "I took responsibility for a country mired in corruption and was faced with a war to make me fail".
He also named many persons including politicians, judges and journalists, accusing them of wanting to "turn the clock back" to the Mubarak era.
Warning that there were inimical forces trying to “sabotage” democracy, Mursi blamed his detractors for Egypt’s problems.
Ahead of Mursi`s speech, clashes erupted between supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and those who oppose them in Egypt`s delta region.
Two people were killed and 170 injured in fighting between supporters and opponents of the government, a health ministry spokesman said.
In Mansura city in the region where violent clashes broke out, shops belonging to the members of Muslim Brotherhood were torched. The clashes also erupted in others cities like Tanta.
With Agency Inputs