People in Port Said circulated a petition to task the army with managing the nation amid reports that the notary has been shut down.
Activists reported that the notary in Port Said shut down, coinciding with the submission of a petition created by Port Said residents demanding the delegation to the army of running the country.
Resident Tarek Al-Kordy said there was trouble caused by a movement to collect signatures and that the notary temporarily shut down.
Mahmoud Qandil, another Port Said resident, said there were calls to collect signatures for the petition on Wednesday morning. By the afternoon, Qandil said the notary office seemed calm and there were no crowds or any army vehicle there.
Rumours that the army has shut down the notary office provoked an official response from Colonel Ahmed Aly, the army’s official spokesperson. He said the army’s role in Port Said is to protect institutions. “We are not a part of the political life,” he added.
(Hend Kortam/Daily news Egypt)