Friday 15 December 2017
(Ahram Online 07/02/13)
Ahram Online presents international reactions to ultimatum by Egyptian Armed Forces for political forces to 'meet people's demands' within 48 hours or face military-imposed 'road map'. Many countries have issued statements on the political situation in Egypt following a televised statement by the Armed Forces on Monday giving political forces 48 hours to "fulfil the people's demands" or be presented with a military-imposed "roadmap" for Egypt's political future. United States. US President Barack Obama on Monday called on Morsi's government to work with the opposition and do more to enact democratic reforms, Reuters reported. Obama stated that the $1.3 billion in annual US aid to Egypt was based on "democracy-based criteria," expressing concern about possible violence and urging all sides...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/02/13)
GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. human rights office called on President Mohamed Mursi on Tuesday to listen to the demands of the Egyptian people and engage in a "serious national dialogue" to defuse the political crisis. Rupert Colville, spokesman of U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, also said the role of the military, which gave Mursi a 48-hour ultimatum on Monday to resolve the impasse after mass anti-government protests, was crucial. "We call on the president of Egypt to listen to the demands and wishes of the Egyptian people expressed during these huge protests over the past few days, and to address key issues raised by the opposition and by civil society in recent months," he told a...
(BBC News Africa 07/02/13)
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi says he was not consulted by the army before it set a 48-hour ultimatum to resolve the country's deadly crisis. Mr Morsi said a part of the statement "may cause confusion in the complex national scene". He vowed to stick to his "national reconciliation" plan. The army has warned it will intervene if the government and its opponents fail to heed "the will of the people". However, it denies that the ultimatum amounts to a coup. Meanwhile, Egypt's state news agency Mena reported early on Tuesday that Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr had submitted his resignation. If accepted, he would join at least five other ministers who have already reportedly resigned over the political crisis. On...
(AFP (eng) 07/02/13)
The Egyptian armed forces have piled pressure on Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, to applause from the opposition who want his resignation, but analysts say their intervention may be fraught with difficulties. The high command said on Monday that "if the demands of the people are not met" within 48 hours, the military would intervene with a "roadmap" to end the standoff, after millions took to the streets to demand that Morsi step down. Although the warning was aimed at the political class in general, Hassan Nafaa, political scientist at the University of Cairo, said it was "an ultimatum to the president". "The army is giving him 48 hours to accept what the people are demanding," and after the demonstrations against...
(AFP (eng) 07/02/13)
Egypt's presidency on Tuesday spurned an army ultimatum threatening to intervene if Islamist President Mohamed Morsi did not meet the demands of the people, raising the stakes in the country's political crisis. Piling the pressure on Morsi, his foreign minister Mohammed Kamel Amr quit in the latest and most high profile cabinet resignation following the ministers of tourism, environment, investment and legal affairs. The army statement, read out on television Monday, had given Morsi 48 hours to comply with its call, after millions of people took to the streets nationwide to demand the Islamist leader step down. "If the demands of the people are not met in this period... (the armed forces) will announce a future roadmap and measures to...
(Mail & Guardian 07/02/13)
A new wave of sexual assaults by groups of men targeting women during anti-government protests in Cairo's central Tahrir Square has been reported. Reports of sexual assaults come as millions of Egyptians take to the streets to demand President Mohammed Morsi's ouster. A vigilante group formed to protect women in the square, which has become the epicentre of anti-government rallies, said it recorded the highest number of attempts – 46 – on Sunday as the majority of protesters were festive as families with small children and others spilled into side streets and across boulevards, waving flags, blowing whistles and chanting. The atmosphere became less friendly in Tahrir as night fell on the badly-lit plaza, which has seen a rise in...
(Voice of America 07/02/13)
KAMPALA — As Ethiopia makes plans for its controversial dam, Uganda is poised to ratify an agreement that would allow water from the Nile to be used for irrigation. Both projects are vehemently opposed by Egypt, but upstream countries like Uganda see the Nile as crucial to their development. An ominous undercurrent is running through the politics of the Nile River basin. The Nile provides nearly all of Egypt’s water supply. The international agreements protecting it are about to be turned on their heads, however, as Uganda takes one step closer to changing the rules of the game. Uganda soon will become the second Nile-basin country to ratify the Cooperative Framework Agreement (CFA), signed in 2010. The CFA replaces a...
(Voice of America 07/02/13)
President Obama is on the last leg of his three-nation tour of Africa, aimed at promoting U.S. trade with the continent. As Washington turns a fresh eye toward a continent that Obama describes as about to “take off," U.S. government officials and investors alike will find that geopolitical rival China has already made huge strides there. China’s footprint in Africa is huge. The 20-story African Union tower (in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia) which Beijing donated to the continental group is a testament to the size of Beijing’s ambition. “Every country, as it achieves global greatness, seeks to leave behind major landmarks that become evidence of its ascendance into global power," said Wole Soboyejo. Winston Wole Soboyejo spoke...
(Voice of America 07/02/13)
U.S. President Barack Obama is urging Egyptian leader Mohamed Morsi to show he is responsive to the concerns of opposition protesters. Egypt has seen several days of massive demonstrations, with many of those opposed to Mr. Morsi calling for him to resign. Violence has broken out in some areas, leaving at least 16 people dead. The White House said Mr. Obama expressed his concerns to Mr. Morsi in a telephone call Monday, saying that the United States backs a democratic process in Egypt and does not support any single party or group. Mr. Obama also said he was deeply concerned about the violence, particularly sexual assaults against women. Mr. Morsi's office rejected an ultimatum issued Monday by the military for...
(The Telegraph 07/01/13)
The Egyptian military has given Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and his opponents 48 hours to agree a solution to the current crisis or it will intervene. As clashes between the two sides of the country's political divide spiralled out of control, the head of the armed forces declared that Mr Morsi must answer the demands of the Egyptian people or the military would step in with its own "road map for the future". Protesters in Tahrir Square cheered wildly after General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi warned that "if the demands of the people are not realised within the defined period, it will be incumbent upon (the armed forces)... to announce a road map for the future." The military chief said that...
(Bloomberg 07/01/13)
Egypt’s army gave President Mohamed Mursi 48 hours to restore stability to a country crippled by a wave of violence, raising the specter of military intervention if the unrest continues. The armed forces warned that the country was in a “dire” situation and that the demands of the people can’t be ignored, according to a statement on state-run television. Crowds in central Cairo later cheered as military helicopters dangled Egyptian flags beneath them and buzzed Tahrir Square, the epicentre of the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak. “The military is back in Egyptian politics in a very serious, direct way,” Shadi Hamid, director of research at the Brookings Doha Center, said by phone. “We’re going to have to see whether...
(Ethiopian News Agency 07/01/13)
Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn said Egypt's stance on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GRD) originated from its interest to implement the 1929 and 1959 agreements made without the consent of the upper riparian countries. PM Hailemariam said at a press conference here on Friday that the stated agreements will not be implemented at this time and cooperation is the best alternative to equally make use of the Nile waters. The Premier called on Egyptians to get ready to work in collaboration with upper riparian countries taking into consideration mutual benefits. He said capacity of the upper riparian countries is getting strengthened and they have built self-reliance in all aspects at present. The Premier urged the Egyptian government to refrain from...
(Daily News Egypt 07/01/13)
Atef Yasin El-Sherif, the new head of Egypt’s stock exchange, assumes his post 1 July, and has ruled out the suspension of trading like that which took place following the 2011 revolution. “The outgoing as well as the new administrations have reassured investors that halting trade will not happen again under any circumstances,” El-Sherif told the Daily News Egypt. “This has boosted investors’ confidence in the market,” he added. El-Sherif assumes his post as thousands of protesters gather in the hopes of reviving the spirit of the 18-day demonstrations which toppled former president Hosni Mubarak in 2011; this time their goal is to force Islamist President Mohamed Morsi to step down, which they hope would pave the way for new...
(Daily News Egypt 07/01/13)
Hundreds of thousands take to the streets demanding regime change and calling for early presidential elections. Protesters gathered in Alexandria, Minya, Menufiya, Suez, Daqahleya, Beni Suef, Port Said, and in Tanat and Mahalla in the governorate of Gharbeya on Sunday. They gathered in response to the calls by Tamarod campaign to hold protests on 30 June, which marks the one year anniversary of President Mohamed Morsi in power. While protesters across the country marched in objection to the current regime, Beni Suef experienced deadly violence, when at least one person was killed and 37 injured after a protest was attacked by unknown gunmen, state-owned MENA reported. Waleed Mohamed from the Social Popular Alliance Party said protesters had gathered near the...
(Ahram Online 07/01/13)
EGX30 rises 1.43 percent on Sunday as highly-anticipated opposition protests begin nationwdide; investors take advantage of low prices after month-long slide. Egypt's benchmark index ended Sunday's session in the green, up 1.43 percent as it pursued the upward trend that began at the end of the previous week. The local bourse had witnessed a month-long plunge, punctuated by intermittent rallies, falling by nearly 13 percent as investor fears grew regarding planned opposition protests on 30 June – marking the end of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi's first year in office – to demand snap presidential polls. Total turnover reached LE161 million by the end of the session, with 90 listed shares – out of a total 156 – rising as speculators...
(Ahram Online 07/01/13)
Dana Gas PJSC, the Middle East's first and largest regional private-sector natural gas company, announced a new gas discovery in its West El-Manzala concession in Egypt’s Nile Delta on Sunday, according to a company press release. When tested, the Begonia-1 well, in the lower Abu Madi Formation, produced 9.4 million standard cubic feet of gas with 133 barrel condensate. Once fully developed, it is expected to add at least 1,600 barrels of oil equivalent per day to Dana Gas Egypt's production. It is the twenty-fifth such discovery made by the United Arab Emirates-based company in Egypt since 2007. “We are pleased to have made another excellent gas discovery in our onshore Nile Delta asset in 2013, following the outstanding results...
(Ahram Online 07/01/13)
Egyptian presidency urges all political forces, currently demonstrating in rival mass rallies countrywide, to commit to peaceful protest, insists 'dialogue' is only way out of impasse. The Egyptian presidency has asserted that the only way to get out of the current political crisis is through dialogue, calling on all parties to commit to peaceful protest as hundreds of thousands stage demonstrations in rival protests across the country. "The presidency has called on political parties for dialogue more than once," said a presidential spokesman at a news conference Sunday evening. "Dialogue is the only way to reach consensus," he added. "The presidency aims to reach serious national reconciliation to pull the country out of its current state of polarisation." Millions of...
(Ahram Online 07/01/13)
As unprecedented numbers turn out for mass rallies to demand President Morsi's ouster, Muslim Brotherhood finds itself under siege nationwide on day that sees at least seven people fall victim to political violence. Millions of opposition protesters hit the streets across Egypt to call for the ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on Sunday (which marked the end of his first year in office), with violence in leaving at least seven dead. Hundreds of thousands of anti-Morsi protesters gathered outside the presidential palace in Cairo's Heliopolis district and in Tahrir Square, the epicentre of the 2011 revolution and the prime venue of many opposition demonstrations. There were jubilant but defiant scenes at both protests, with huge crowds of protesters chanting...
(AL Jazeera 07/01/13)
Demonstrators converge in Cairo to demand president's resignation, as sporadic clashes heighten tension on streets. Hundreds of thousands of people have gathered throughout Egypt to demand the resignation of President Mohamed Morsi, with three reported deaths and buildings burned in sporadic violence. The protests on Sunday come on the anniversary of Morsi's poll victory, which made him the nation's first democratically elected leader after the 2011 revolution against the regime of Hosni Mubarak. Protesters packed Tahrir Square in Cairo - the focal point of the revolution - blaming Morsi for a stagnant economy, worsening security and an ongoing lack of basic services Many waved red cards and chanted "irhal" - "leave". The opposition group, June 30 Front, said that two...
(The Washington Times 07/01/13)
Hundreds of thousands of anti-government protesters armed with flags, banners and deafening waves of chants for President Mohamed Morsi’s downfall packed into Cairo’s Tahrir Square and flooded the streets around Egypt’s presidential palace Sunday in the largest showing of opposition to the Islamist leader since he took office one year ago Sunday. Thousands of Morsi supporters, many of them from the Muslim Brotherhood party, his ally, filled another Cairo thoroughfare with chants of support. Some brandished wooden clubs, canes and metal pipes, ready to defend themselves in the event that clashes erupted between the two camps, a scenario that many Egyptians feared was inevitable. As night fell, violent clashes broke out between Morsi’s opponents and supporters in several cities across...

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