Egypt's interim premier says security a priority

Aug 24, 2013, 7:24 AM EDT
Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi hold posters showing victims of a military crackdown on their protest camp during a march in Cairo, Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. Arabic reads, "no for treachery", "no for military coup" and "martyrs of republican guard massacre ." Egyptian security and military forces deployed Friday around Cairo, closing off traffic in some major thoroughfares and in the city center ahead of protests by supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
(AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's interim prime minister says his government is putting priority on increasing security to restore peace and improve the country's economy.

Hazem el-Beblawi also told reporters Saturday that a clear political process is needed to reassure the country's international allies.

He dismissed accusations that the release Thursday of the ousted longtime leader Hosni Mubarak was a return to Egypt's old political order. He said Mubarak's release was in accordance with the law.

Mubarak was released this week following an appeal from his lawyers and is now under house arrest pending trial. His release raised tensions in a country already roiled by instability following the coup against Mubarak's successor, freely elected President Mohammed Morsi.

Protests by Morsi supporters continue. Government officials accuse the pro-Morsi camp of threatening national security.