Egypt sacks officer accused of ‘leaking information’ to Brotherhood

Riot police stand with their shields as members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi protest in front of Egypt's Constitutional Court. (Reuters)

Egypt’s interior minister dismissed on Saturday a police officer accused of “leaking information” to the Muslim Brotherhood, the state television reported on Saturday.

It did not elaborate on the nature of the information or on the suspected links between the officer and the Muslim Brotherhood.

The state TV also mentioned that six Muslim Brotherhood leader were arrested over “incitement to kill protesters.”

The alliance of Islamist parties opposed to a military decision to depose former president Mohammad Mursi gathered in Cairo on Saturday for a new wave of protests.

The Islamists describe the military move this week as a “coup” and insist on demonstrating until Mursi is reinstated.

Opponents of Mursi say the military move was a legitimate action to side with the vast majority of people’s demands. They call Mursi’s overthrow a second revolution, not a coup.

The most populous Arab nation of 84 million people wasthrown into more turmoil on Friday when tens of thousands ofdemonstrators across the country answered a call by Mursi'sMuslim Brotherhood movement to stage a "Friday of Rejection."

At least 46 people died and more than 1,400 were wounded in violence on Friday and Saturday, with the army struggling to maintain order in Cairo, Alexandria and other cities and towns, where pro- and anti-Mursi demonstrators fought street battles.

The most deadly clashes were in the Mediterranean city ofA lexandria, where at least 14 people died and 200 were wounded, according to Reuters.

In central Cairo, rival protesters clashed late into the night with stones, knives, petrol bombs and clubs as armored personnel carriers rumbled among them.

It took hours to restore calm on the Nile River bridges around the landmark Egyptian Museum. Anti-Mursi activists remained encamped in a suburb of the capital.

Interim head of state Adli Mansour, installed to oversee a military roadmap to elections, spent his first day at the office at Itihadiya Palace, where until a week ago Mursi ran Egypt.

He met armed forces chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who announced Mursi's ouster on Wednesday, and also held talks with former U.N. nuclear agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei, a leading liberal, and other politicians who had opposed Mursi, Reuters reported.

ElBaradei, 71, is seen as the favorite to lead a new administration focused on reviving a shattered economy and restoring civil peace and security. An aide to ElBaradei said the prime minister was expected to be appointed on Saturday.

At the same meeting was Abdel Moneim Abol Fotouh, a former Brotherhood member who split from the movement in 2011 to mount his own presidential bid, an official in his party said.

(With Reuters)

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