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Cairo (CNN) - Less than a week after overthrowing the nation's first democratically elected president, Egyptian Armed Forces sought Tuesday to portray itself as a stabilizing force fully capable of handling the anger and unrest that have divided the nation.
"Destruction of public property or the stability of the state will not be tolerated," the military said in a statement broadcast on state television. "A constitutional declaration has been issued and the road to transition is clear, so people should feel secure."
The announcement came a day after 51 people were killed in clashes between the Muslim Brotherhood and the military over the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsy and as the fledgling new government announced it had filled key roles.