Tuesday 23 May 2017
(The Associated Press 06/12/13)
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's largest opposition grouping said Tuesday that calls by the president for national reconciliation talks come "too late," as activists geared up for a street protest campaign at the end of the month to demand his ouster. President Mohammed Morsi made the call during a fiery speech Monday over Ethiopia's plans to build a dam on the Blue Nile, a project Cairo claims would jeopardize the flow of the Nile River through Egypt and cause a critical water shortage. In the speech, Morsi urged Egyptians to unite in a common stand, saying he was "ready to meet anyone to serve the nation's interest" to consolidate the country's internal front in the face of external dangers. Critics accuse...
(Ahram Online 06/12/13)
Leading opposition figures dismiss President Morsi's appeal on Monday for 'national reconciliation,' saying invitation is too little, too late. Leading opposition activist Ahmed Bahaa El-Din Shaaban on Tuesday rejected fresh calls by President Mohamed Morsi for "national reconciliation," voicing hope that Egypt's broad political opposition would adopt a "collective stance" against the president's appeal. Shaaban is head of the Egyptian Socialist Party and a leading member of the National Salvation Front (NSF), Egypt's main opposition umbrella group. Morsi extended the invitation at a Monday conference organised by Islamist parties and groups devoted to the ongoing row with Ethiopia over the latter's Grand Renaissance Dam project. "This invitation comes too late," said Shaaban. "It was made in an effort to contain...
(The Guardian 06/12/13)
Construction of Grand Renaissance dam to continue despite Eygptian concerns over impact on water supply and farming. Ethiopia has refused to halt work on a controversial giant dam across the river Nile that Egypt fears will severely curb its water supply. The refusal came after the Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, promised to "defend each drop of Nile water with our blood" and other senior Egyptian politicians called for the dam's destruction. A spokesman for the Ethiopian prime minister said on Tuesday that Morsi's speech was irresponsible and that the project would proceed as planned. "Nothing is going to stop the Renaissance Dam. Not a threat will stop it," Getachew Reda said via telephone. "None of the concerns the Egyptian politicians...
(Ahram Online 06/12/13)
Only state institutions will be protected by police during planned mass protests marking anniversary of President Morsi's inauguration. Police will only protect state institutions, not the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters, during opposition protests on 30 June, Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said on Tuesday. The presidential guard is the only force responsible for protecting the presidential palace, Ibrahim added, but police will offer support if requested. The palace has witnessed a number of clashes between supporters and opponents of President Mohamed Morsi. The worst outbreak of violence, on 5 December 2012, killed at least 10 and injured more than 600. Police will not guard the Muslim Brotherhood HQ, which also witnessed protests and violence the past few months, or those of other...
(The Daily Star 06/12/13)
LONDON: Investors are telling equity index compiler Morgan Stanley Capital International that they have problems with currency when repatriating money out of Egypt, an MSCI official said on Wednesday. Earlier, at a periodic review of its indexes, MSCI said it might be forced to launch a public consultation with the investment community on Egypt's potential exclusion from its MSCI Emerging Markets Index because of currency issues. Remy Briand, managing director and global head of index research at MSCI, said in a conference call: "We have no proposal to change anything in the index but we have investors giving us feedback that they have problems with the currency while repatriating out of Egypt." He said: "We have highlighted that the situation...
(Ahram Online 06/12/13)
Thanaweya Amma exams this year are unsurprisingly fraught with complainants, now over question leaks and power cuts. Egyptian high school students, who are currently in the process of taking their final exams before graduation, are facing a variety of challenges amid reports of leaks of exam answers. The ‘thanaweya amma’ is the last stage of high school education in Egypt. The stage, which was previously spread over two years but now lasts just for one, culminates in notoriously grueling exams, the results of which typically determine a student’s path to higher education. The difficulty of the questions has not been the only problem since the commencement of this year’s exam period on 8 June. There have been reports of recurrent...
(Ahram Online 06/12/13)
Egypt denies reports that it had imported military equipment from Israel over the last 4 years. The Egyptian military denied on Tuesday claims that it had imported arms from Israel between 2008 and 2012. The statement, posted on the official Facebook page of the Egyptian armed forces’ spokesperson, denied claims in Israeli newspaper Hareetz on Tuesday regarding arms deals between Israel and Egypt. The spokesperson’s statement called on Egyptians not to trust the “false news” that is being published, stressing that all imports complied with existing arms procurement regulations. On Tuesday, Hareetz claimed that over the last five years, Israel has exported military equipment, including hi-tech gear used in combat jets, to a number of Arab countries, according to a...
(Voice of America 06/12/13)
Ghana has arrested more than 100 Chinese nationals accused of illegally mining gold in that country. Zambia seized a Chinese coal mine in February over safety concerns. And Gabon is planning to take back assets from three foreign oil companies - including one from China. These moves and others have some analysts pointing to a backlash against Chinese investment on the continent. While experts say the China-Africa honeymoon may be over, divorce is not likely. China became Africa's top trade partner in 2009. Bilateral trade hit nearly $200 billion in 2012. Some Africans believe they are getting the short end of the stick, however, as they export valuable natural resources to China without receiving much in return by way of...
(Sudan Tribune 06/12/13)
Tensions between Egypt and Ethiopia heightened on Monday after Cairo threaten Addis Ababa in connection with its first dam project along the Blue Nile. Egypt, which has long been opposing the construction of the $4.8 billion dam, said it will not tolerate any attempt by the horn of Africa’s nation that diminishes its water share. Addressing to Egyptians on a live televised speech, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi warned that his country is ready to confront any threat that would endanger the country’s water security. "Egypt’s water security cannot be violated at all," said Morsi. "As president of the state, I confirm to you that all options are open." The Egyptian president however said that he is not calling for war...
(The Wall Street Journal 06/11/13)
DUBAI—Qatar promised Egypt five free cargoes of liquefied natural gas this summer after a meeting of representatives from the two countries' governments in Doha, giving the cash-strapped country a reprieve from worsening energy shortages. The gas cargoes are intended to help Egypt generate more electricity so it can avoid wider power outages as energy demand peaks in the hottest summer months. However, one Egyptian official said that as part of a broader agreement with Qatar reached Monday, his country may have to pay higher-than-hoped prices for subsequent natural-gas supplies. Egypt has faced a natural-gas and diesel shortage since last year, which has led to rising food costs, long lines at filling stations and electricity blackouts. The energy-supply problems have deepened...
(AL Jazeera 06/11/13)
President Morsi says "all options are open" in dealing with dam project that threatens Egypt with a water shortage. Egypt's president has warned Ethiopia that “all options are open" in dealing with its construction of a Nile dam that threatens to leave Egypt with a dangerous water shortage. Speaking in a live televised speech before hundreds of supporters on Monday, Mohammed Morsi said Egypt was not calling for war, but it is willing to confront any threats to its water security. "If it loses one drop, our blood is the alternative," he said to a raucous crowd of largely Islamist supporters that erupted into a standing ovation. Ethiopia's $4.2 billion hydroelectric dam, which would be Africa's largest, challenges a colonial-era...
(Bloomberg 06/11/13)
Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil said his government opposes Ethiopia’s construction of a dam on the Nile River and called for cooperation on the project to ensure Egypt’s interests are protected. Studies conducted so far by a committee made up of neutral experts and officials from Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan have failed to show whether the dam will affect Egypt’s share of the Nile, Qandil said in remarks broadcast on state television today in the capital, Cairo. The project, known as the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, will generate 6,000 megawatts once built and will be Africa’s largest hydropower plant. “Egypt opposes dam construction in light of the information available,” Qandil said. “Egypt has legal, diplomatic and technical alternatives to deal...
(Ahram Online 06/11/13)
Opposition campaign group dismisses President Morsi's calls for unity over Ethiopia dam crisis, vows to launch mass protests on election anniversary. President Mohamed Morsi should put aside the Renaissance Dam crisis and concentrate on the 30 June crisis, Rebel campaign spokesperson Mahmoud Badr said in a statement on Monday, in reference to mass protests planned for the anniversary of Morsi's inauguration. The president's speech on Monday calling for "national reconciliation" over Nile dam issue is an effort to distract the people's attention from other problems, Badr added. The president should resign, Badr insisted. 'Rebel' campaign central committee member Mohamed Abdel-Aziz said,“Morsi and his people are worried. They fear the popular support of the Rebel campaign and our will to mobilise...
(BBC News Africa 06/11/13)
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has said "all options are open" to deal with any threat to his country's water supply posed by an Ethiopian dam. Mr Morsi said he was not "calling for war", but that he would not allow Egypt's water supply to be endangered. Egypt was apparently caught by surprise when Ethiopia started diverting the Blue Nile last month, amid works to construct a hydroelectric dam. The river is a tributary of the Nile, on which Egypt is heavily dependent. The Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is a $4.7bn (£3.1bn) project that Ethiopia says will eventually provide 6,000 megawatts of power. It says the Blue Nile will be slightly diverted but will then be able to follow its natural...
(Ahram Online 06/11/13)
In effort to ease Egypt's ongoing fuel shortage, government provides gas stations nationwide with additional 16,500 tonnes of petrol per day. The Egyptian government is providing petrol stations nationwide with an additional 16,500 tonnes per day of different types of petrol in an effort to counter ongoing shortages, Al-Ahram's Arabic-language news website reported on Sunday. Al-Ahram cited a petroleum ministry source – who preferred anonymity – as saying that the amounts to be provided would exceed the needs of Egyptian motorists. The source added that Egypt currently produces 90 percent of its domestic petrol demand while importing 10 percent of the more expensive 95 octane, which is used in producing different types of petrol. He added that around 52 percent...
(AFP (eng) 06/11/13)
Egypt's foreign minister is to hold talks in Addis Ababa on Ethiopia's plan to build a Nile dam that has stirred "life or death" concerns over water resources, the premier announced Monday. Hisham Qandil told the Senate, taking the place of parliament until a new National Assembly is elected, that Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr would travel to Ethiopia "in the coming days to give the Egyptian point of view" on the project. "Water is a question of life or death for the Egyptian people. Water is a matter of national security," he stressed. "Egypt's share of the Nile that is 55 billion cubic metres does not meet the daily needs of Egypt and its needs for growth. Egypt entered...
(Ahram Online 06/11/13)
Anti-Morsi 'Rebel' campaigners plan to gun down their own people during planned 30 June anti-government rallies in hopes of discrediting their Islamist rivals, Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya's Assem Abdel-Maged contends. Assem Abdel-Maged, a leading member of Egypt's ultra-conservative Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya movement, asserted on Sunday that the anti-government 'Rebel' (Tamarod) campaign planned to kill its own protesters during planned 30 June rallies in hopes of turning public opinion against President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood group from which he hails. The 'Rebel' campaign, a signature drive launched in May with the intention of "withdrawing confidence" from Morsi by collecting 15 million citizens' endorsements, has called for mass protests on 30 June to demand Morsi's ouster. Morsi was elected last year in Egypt's...
(The Associated Press 06/11/13)
The spokesman for Egypt's largest opposition grouping is dismissing a call by President Mohammed Morsi for national reconciliation talks. Morsi, who hails from the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood group, made the call during a fiery speech Monday over plans by Ethiopia to build a dam on the Nile river. He said "all options are open" in dealing with the project that Egyptians fear will leave the country with a dangerous water shortage, and that he is "ready to go to anyone" to unite Egyptians with a common stand. The opposition sees this as an attempt to whip up nationalist fervor to undercut countrywide protests planned for June 30 to call for Morsi's ouster. Spokesman of the National Salvation Front Khaled Dawoud...
(AFP (eng) 06/10/13)
Toppled president Hosni Mubarak's retrial was adjourned until July on Monday after new documents and videos were submitted over his alleged complicity in the killings of protesters during Egypt's 2001 revolution. The criminal court in Cairo, on a technicality, also ordered the release of his two sons, Alaa and Gamal Mubarak, who have been on trial along with the former leader on corruption charges. The maximum two-year period of preventive detention has run out but the brothers are unlikely to walk free because of other charges against them, a judicial source said. "The court orders their release so long as they are not being detained in other cases," said Judge Mahmud al-Rashidi, who set July 6 as the date for...
(Ahram Online 06/10/13)
Britain recognises that Nile water security is a strategic necessity for Egypt, says UK foreign ministry spokesperson. The UK government has called on the Nile riparian states to negotiate a water-distribution agreement. “We recognise that the security of the Nile waters is a major strategic necessity for Egypt,” a UK Foreign and Commonwealth (FCO) spokesperson told Ahram Online. Dr Eassam El-Haddad, Egypt's assistant presidential advisor for external relations and international cooperation, raised the Egypt-Ethiopia Nile water dispute at discussions with British officials in London recently. El-Haddad was quoted as saying he'd asked UK Foreign Minister William Hague “to help solve the Nile water problem in way which serves all countries' interests.” He added that the UK could play an important...

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