Women, Christians, but no Islamists in Egypt’s new Cabinet

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

The first Egyptian Cabinet since the overthrow of Islamist president Mohammad Mursi was sworn in on Tuesday, granting liberal opposition members key portfolios. The Muslim Brotherhood, the influential movement from which Mursi hails, rejected the 35-member cabinet, with spokesman Gehad El-Haddad telling AFP: “We don’t recognize its legitimacy or its authority.” The cabinet lineup does not include any members from Islamist groups or parties, even from the Salafist Nour party, ...

Caught on camera, Islamist militants fire at Egyptian troops

Monday, 8 July 2013

The Egyptian army on Monday released footage of what it said were Islamist militants mixing with demonstrators and shooting the armed forces. The Muslim Brotherhood has accused to the army of shooting at peaceful protesters and killing dozens in front of the Republican Guard headquarters. The military said it was responding to gunfire from militants who infiltrated demonstrator. Footage released by the army shows a number of masked and armed men attacking army and police personnel. The army and ...

U.S. presses Egypt to avoid ‘arbitrary’ Mursi arrest, official says

Friday, 5 July 2013

The United States on Thursday pressed Egyptian officials to avoid the “arbitrary arrests” of ousted Islamist president Mohammad Mursi and his supporters, an administration official said. Members of President Barack Obama’s national security team have also stressed the importance of a “quick and responsible return” to elected civilian government in Cairo, in contacts with Egyptian officials and Washington’s regional partners, the U.S. official said, on ...

Egypt's army denies using live ammunition amid reports protesters killed

Friday, 5 July 2013

The Egyptian army said on Friday that it did not use live ammunition against protesters backing Islamist President Mohammed Mursi amid reports that three demonstrators had been killed. At least three people were killed and several wounded in a gunfight between the Republican Guard and pro-Mursi demonstraters, AFP reported. An AFP correspondent said that two people’s bodies were covered with sheets and a third was shot in the head. However, a security source denied reports that there have ...

African Union suspends Egypt over Mursi’s ouster

Friday, 5 July 2013

The African Union suspended Egypt from all its activities on Friday after the Egyptian military overthrew the elected president, Mohamed Mursi, a senior AU official said. “As mandated by the relevant AU instruments, the African Union Peace and Security Council decides to suspend the participation of Egypt in AU activities until the restoration of constitutional order,” said Admore Kambudzi, secretary of the council. Suspension is the AU’s usual response to any interruption of ...

Egyptian army says no state of emergency in Suez or South Sinai

Friday, 5 July 2013

The Egyptian army denied on Friday a report by the state-owned al-Ahram newspaper that a state of emergency was declared in South Sinai and Suez provinces. The spokesman said the army in the Sinai Peninsula was “on alert.” Al-Ahram had reported that raised alert levels were in response to an overnight attack by Islamist gunmen on an airport in the North Sinai town of el-Arish. The decision comes hours after suspected Islamic militants attacked four sites in northern Sinai, targeting ...

Coup? What coup? Many Egyptians see no evil

Friday, 5 July 2013

Don’t mention the coup. Certainly not on Tahrir Square, or pretty much anywhere in polite, liberal society in Egypt. As military jets periodically screamed over Cairo, even making a formation salute with colored smoke trails, many Egyptians took pains to stress that the toppling of their elected president, announced by a general, was not a “coup.” “A coup? No!” said Ahmed Eid, 19, a business studies student at Cairo University, as he and his friends snapped ...

Media watchdogs slam closure of Islamist TV stations in Egypt

Friday, 5 July 2013

Media watchdogs have slammed the decision to close three Islamist-run TV stations in the hours after Mohammad Mursi was overthrown, raising new questions over press freedom in Egypt. Military-led authorities forced the Muslim Brotherhood’s Egypt 25 channel off air, and ordered its managers to be arrested. The Islamist-run stations al-Hafiz and al-Nas were also shut down shortly after General Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, head of Egypt’s armed forces, announced the transition of power. The ...

Egyptian army warns against ‘endless circle of revenge’

Friday, 5 July 2013

Egypt's armed forces said on Friday that it will not allow acts of revenge between rival factions and assaults on party offices and public properties, calling for reconciliations ahead of planned rallies by supporters of ousted president Mohammad Mursi. In a statement posted on its Facebook, the armed forces warned against “falling into an endless circle of revenge,” saying it was keen to avoid any extraordinary or arbitrary measures against any faction or political movement. The ...

Egypt’s interim president to issue constitutional declaration

Friday, 5 July 2013

Egypt’s interim President Adli Mansour, who was sworn on Thursday, is expected to announce a constitutional declaration within hours, media reports said. The Anadolu News Agency said that the expected declaration will be temporary. Sources told the agency the declaration will dissolve Shura council, the upper house of Egypt's Islamist-led parliament. The announcement is also expected to call for a technocrat government and set a constitution-amending committee. The fate of the 270-member ...

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