Monday 23 October 2017
(BBC News Africa 07/04/13)
The Egyptian military has moved into key sites in Cairo hours after its ultimatum passed for President Mohammed Morsi to resolve a political crisis. Tens of thousands of pro- and anti-Morsi protesters have gathered in areas of the capital, as Egyptians await a televised statement. Opposition figure Mohammed ElBaradei and religious leaders will make this statement, the state news agency said. Before the deadline passed, Mr Morsi repeated his refusal to step down. His aides took to social media to describe the events as a military coup but there was no confirmation of this. There are unconfirmed reports that Egyptian officials have placed an international travel ban on Mr Morsi and other senior members of the Muslim Brotherhood. Armoured personnel...
(BBC News Africa 07/04/13)
Egypt's army has removed President Mohammed Morsi from power, suspended the constitution and pledged new elections following mass protests. The army chief announced the move in a TV address. The head of the constitutional court is expected to be sworn in as interim leader on Thursday. Mr Morsi's supporters denounced the move as a military coup and said he was being held in detention. His opponents celebrated through the night in Cairo's Tahrir Square. But officials from Mr Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood said its main rally in Cairo had come under attack by armed assailants and there were reports of deadly clashes elsewhere. US President Barack Obama said he was "deeply concerned" by the latest turn of events and called for...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/04/13)
Egypt's army was holding ousted President Mohamed Mursi at a military facility in Cairo on Thursday and other Muslim Brotherhood leaders were arrested in a crackdown on the movement that won several elections last year. The United Nations, the United States and other world powers did not condemn Mursi's removal as a military coup. To do so might trigger sanctions. Army intervention was backed by millions of Egyptians, including liberal leaders and religious figures who expect new elections under a revised set of rules. But as vast crowds partied on Cairo's Tahrir Square, hailing a "second revolution" to match the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak in 2011, Islamists feared a clampdown that revived memories of their sufferings under the old, military-backed...
(AFP (eng) 07/03/13)
CAIRO, July 3, 2013 (AFP) - Army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi laid out the details on Wednesday of a roadmap for Egypt after the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi which names the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court the country's caretaker leader. Sisi, the defence minister in Morsi's government, also announced a freezing of the Islamist-drafted constitution and early presidential elections. He did not say how long the transition period would last and insisted the armed forces would "remain far away from politics". The announcement came in a televised address to the nation. Sisi was joined by the country's top clerics, Sunni Muslim Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayyeb and Coptic Christian Pope Tawadros II, as well as opposition chief Mohamed ElBaradei...
(AFP (eng) 07/03/13)
CAIRO, July 3, 2013 (AFP) - Egypt's new caretaker president Adly Mansour had been head of the Supreme Constitutional Court for just two days when the army named him leader of the Arab world's most populous state. He takes the helm of a nation riven by deep divisions over the army's ouster of its first freely elected president Mohamed Morsi following days of deadly clashes between his Islamist supporters and their increasingly numerous opponents. Ironically he was named by Morsi himself to Egypt's top judicial post, which, following the army's suspension of the constitution, catapulted him into political power. The 67-year-old father of three, who won a scholarship to France's most prestigious institute of higher education, the Ecole Nationale de...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/03/13)
(Reuters) - Egypt's armed forces overthrew elected Islamist President Mohamed Mursi on Wednesday and announced a political transition with the support of a wide range of political, religious and youth leaders. After a day of drama in which tanks and troops deployed near the presidential palace as a military deadline for Mursi to yield to mass protests passed, the top army commander announced on television that the president had "failed to meet the demands of the Egyptian people". Flanked by political and religious leaders and top generals, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced the suspension of the Islamist-tinged constitution and a roadmap for a return to democratic rule under a revised rulebook. The president of the supreme constitutional court will act...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/03/13)
Egypt army topples president, announces transition. (Reuters) - Egypt's armed forces overthrew elected Islamist President Mohamed Mursi on Wednesday and announced a political transition with the support of a wide range of political, religious and youth leaders. After a day of drama in which tanks and troops deployed near the presidential palace as a military deadline for Mursi to yield to mass protests passed, the top army commander announced on television that the president had "failed to meet the demands of the Egyptian people". Flanked by political and religious leaders and top generals, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced the suspension of the Islamist-tinged constitution and a roadmap for a return to democratic rule under a revised rulebook. The president of...
(AFP (eng) 07/03/13)
CAIRO, July 3, 2013 (AFP) - Egypt's army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted president Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday and declared the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court caretaker leader. Sisi, the defence minister in Morsi's government, also announced a freezing of the Islamist-drafted constitution and early presidential elections. He said a "strong and capable" government would be formed and would have "full capacities". The army chief said a panel would be formed to look into amendments to the constitution and a law would be drafted to regulate parliamentary elections. After the announcement, delivered by Sisi in a televised address, Morsi denounced the move as an "illegal" and urged Egyptians to "peacefully resist the coup as he himself will do", a...
(ABC News 07/03/13)
The Egyptian Army is carrying out a "full military coup" and the army has placed a travel ban on the country's embattled President Mohamed Morsi, officials said. The action came at the end of the 48 hours Egypt's military gave Morsi two days ago to answer the demands of protesters who have filled the country's streets in recent days. The streets of Cairo was jammed again today, this time with competing throngs of pro- and anti-Morsi protesters. In a statement posted on the Egyptian Presidency Facebook page, Essam El-Haddad, Egypt's national security adviser called the on-going situation "a full military coup," and warned that it will only lead to more violence. "Today only one thing matters. In this day and...
(AFP (eng) 07/03/13)
President Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday proposed a "consensus government" as a way out of Egypt's crisis, as tens of thousands of political rivals took to the streets and an army deadline urging him to meet the people's demands expired. "The presidency envisions the formation of a consensus coalition government to oversee the next parliamentary election," Morsi's office said in a statement on Facebook. Despite the expiry of the deadline, the army was yet to announce its next move. Tens of thousands of people continued to protest in Cairo's Tahrir Square for an anti-Morsi protest that dwarfed a rally by the embattled Islamist leader's supporters in Nasr City, on the opposite side of the capital. "Come here O Sisi, Morsi isn't...
(AFP (eng) 07/03/13)
President Mohamed Morsi refused to quit hours before an army ultimatum expires on Wednesday as deadly violence rocked Cairo during mass protests demanding he resign, in Egypt's worst crisis since its 2011 revolution. In a televised address early Wednesday, the embattled Islamist leader said he had been freely elected to lead the troubled nation little more than a year ago and intended to stick to his task. The only alternative to respecting the constitutional legitimacy of the office was further bloodshed on the streets, he warned, adding that he stood ready to "give my life" to defend constitutional legitimacy. Only hours after Morsi's speech, the health ministry reported that unidentified gunmen had killed 16 people and wounded about 200 more...
(AFP (eng) 07/03/13)
Army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is emerging as Egypt's strongman amid the turmoil sweeping the country, is desperate to end the crisis but without a return to the unpopular military rule of 2011-2012, experts say. The army high command's dramatic intervention on Monday with a 48-hour ultimatum to Islamist President Mohamed Morsi to reach a deal with his opponents or have one imposed earned Sisi the adulation of protesters camped out on the streets. But it prompted a call to order from the president, who under the constitution is commander-in-chief and head of the administration in which Sisi serves as defence minister. Morsi opponents in Cairo's Tahrir Square chanted: "The army and the people, united," as military helicopters...
(Daily News Egypt 07/03/13)
The online retailer, which has been in the market for 10 months, was also recognized as the largest and fastest-growing online retailer in the country, in recognition of “its continued growth and leadership in developing innovative services and the best online shopping experience offered to its customers.” Mattia Perroni, managing director of Jumia Egypt, stated the organization’s vision towards the e-commerce industry in Egypt “is the new driver for the development of Egypt”. “Hard work pays off, there is no game-changing, or secret, strategy, it has all been due to the quality of the work we are putting in every single day,” Perroni added. The awards were designed to recognize and reward companies who have demonstrated the ability to succeed...
(Ahram Online 07/03/13)
With Egypt on brink, international lender insists on 'home-grown' economic reform programme and 'broad domestic ownership'. With no deal reached and Egypt seemingly on the brink of major political change, the fate of a long-sought $4.8 billion aid package from the International Monetary Fund hangs once again in the balance. "We follow closely all developments in Egypt," an IMF spokesperson who preferred to remain anonymous told Ahram Online on Monday. Massive demonstrations across the country demanding the removal of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi on Sunday elicited an ultimatum by Egypt's armed forces for "political forces" to "meet the people's demands" or accept a military-imposed roadmap for Egypt's future. What is important for us is that Egypt develops and implements a...
(Ahram Online 07/03/13)
Opposition coalitions, Islamist alliances and Egypt's armed forces – among others – all offer 'roadmaps' aimed at ending country's precarious political standoff. A number of roadmaps and initiatives were proposed over the last few days as a way out of the current crisis in Egypt, several of which came following massive opposition protests on Sunday and an ultimatum by the military that sparked celebration among anti-Morsi protestors and anger among the president's supporters. All opposition roadmaps propose early presidential elections and temporary state management through the head of Egypt's High Constitutional Court and a technocrat cabinet, with none of these leaders to run for the presidency. The call for 30 June rallies started with the Tamarod ('Rebel') campaign, which since...
(Ahram Online 07/03/13)
Earlier CNN exclusive claims US officials have warned Egypt army of aid cuts in event of military coup; US State Department denies reports. The US State Department says reports that the US is pressing for early presidential elections in Egypt – the main demand of anti-government protesters – are inaccurate, Reuters reported after a CNN report to the contrary. In an earlier exclusive, CNN claimed that the Obama administration is urging Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi to call for early elections and has warned the Egyptian military that it risks losing US financial assistance if it carries out a military coup against Egypt's first-ever freely elected head of state. In the Tuesday report, the US news channel cited anonymous senior Obama...
(Al Ahram Weekly 07/03/13)
In televised speech late Tuesday night, President Morsi defies opposition demands for his resignation but offers handful of limited concessions – including new government and parliamentary polls within six months. In a televised address on Tuesday, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi called for dialogue, saying he was engaged with members of the opposition – without mentioning which groups – for an initiative aimed at resolving the current political crisis. He said the initiative included forming a new government, hastening the passage of parliamentary elections laws so as to hold elections within six months, forming a committee to review proposed constitutional amendments, resolving disagreements over Egypt's prosecutor-general, and promoting the inclusion of youth in government. After blaming the ousted Mubarak regime for...
(Usa Today 07/03/13)
'Politics of no compromise' led to the current situation, one expert says. An Egyptian economy that was ailing when President Mohammed Morsi took power a year ago has since tumbled under his leadership and is at the root of the unrest gripping the Arab world's most populous country, an analyst says. "The economy has been bleeding on the floor since the revolution began and has gotten much worse since Morsi took over," says Paul Sullivan, an expert on security and economics in the Middle East who teaches at Georgetown University in Washington. Egypt's economic disaster is a result of Morsi's preoccupation with establishing political control rather then fixing the poor economy, says Marina Ottaway, says Marina Ottaway, a Middle East...
(BBC News Africa 07/03/13)
The price of US light crude oil has risen above $100 a barrel for the first time since September 2012 on concerns over political turmoil in Egypt. US light crude rose more than 2% to $101.80 a barrel in Asia trade. Brent crude also rose 1% to 105.20 a barrel. Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi has rejected an army ultimatum to resolve the turmoil by Wednesday, triggering concerns that the crisis may escalate. There are fears this may hurt oil supplies through the Suez Canal. "The turmoil in Egypt has caused the market to inject some premium into oil futures," Victor Shum, a vice president at IHS Energy Insights, told the BBC. Over recent days, thousands of protesters have gathered in...
(CNN 07/03/13)
(CNN) -- Artists tend to occupy the front lines against repression. So it comes as no surprise that the occupation of Egypt's Ministry of Culture protesting the "Brotherhoodization" of the ministry under the leadership of Alaa Abdel-Aziz has helped drive the planned massive demonstrations against Mohamed Morsy on Sunday. Once again, the U.S. government appears to be on the fence in Egypt, with Ambassador Anne Patterson expressing skepticism about "street action" that could result in violent protests. "People realize that this is about the identity of Egypt," said Hazem Azmy, a scholar active in the Culture of Ministry occupation. With Ultras (militant soccer fans) standing by to protect the growing crowds, nightly performances are held outside the ministry, ranging from...

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