Following the military takeover in Egypt, Constitutional Court chief Adly Mansour has been sworn in as interim president but the situation in the country remains fragile.
Hannes Swoboda, president of the Socialists and Democrats Group, warned against military rule:
"Military intervention can never be the solution. While we recognise the support for the military action from some of the Egyptian people, only democratic procedures can guarantee the sound development of the country.
"It is of crucial importance that Egypt returns to civilian rule without delay, based on the outcome of free and fair elections. The new government will have to be more inclusive, broadening its scope to represent all of civil society."