Lundi 19 Février 2018
(AL Jazeera 03/07/13)
President insists he is the "guardian of legitimacy" as deadline from army looms. The Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, has said he will not step down as demanded by millions of protesters, vowing to protect his "constitutional legitimacy" with his life. Addressing the nation in a speech carried live on state television late on Tuesday, Morsi accused loyalists of his predecessor Hosni Mubarak of riding the current wave of protests to topple his regime. "There is no substitute for legitimacy," said Morsi, who has received an ultimatum from the military to work out his differences with the opposition by Wednesday or it will intervene to oversee the implementation of its own political road map. Morsi demanded earlier that the army withdraw...
(Voice of America 03/07/13)
Egypt's military says it is ready to defend the country against what it called terrorists and fools, hours after President Mohamed Morsi rejected its Wednesday deadline for reaching a deal with the opposition. In a Facebook statement entitled "The Final Hours," military chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Wednesday it would be more honorable for the army to die "than for the Egyptian people to feel threatened or terrorized." Hours earlier, President Morsi defended his legitimacy and rejected calls for his resignation. He also demanded the military withdraw its threat to intervene in the country's political crisis. The army has warned it will impose a "roadmap" for Egypt's future if differences between Morsi and his opponents are not resolved by 5:00...
(The New York Times 02/07/13)
CAIRO — Millions of Egyptians streamed into the streets of cities across the country on Sunday to demand the ouster of their first elected head of state, President Mohamed Morsi, in an outpouring of anger at the political dominance of his Islamist backers in the Muslim Brotherhood. The scale of the demonstrations, coming just one year after crowds in Tahrir Square cheered Mr. Morsi’s inauguration, appeared to exceed even the massive street protests in the heady final days of the uprising that overthrew President Hosni Mubarak in 2011. At a moment when Mr. Morsi is still struggling to control the bureaucracy and just beginning to build public support for painful economic reforms, the protests have raised new hurdles to his...
(CNN 01/07/13)
Egypt's armed forces sent a stiff message to the country's embattled president and his political opponents and allies: the current governing crisis must be resolved in 48 hours or it will embark on a road map designed to restore order. Egyptians who helped overthrow a 29-year dictatorship in a widely hailed revolution have now given the country's first democratically elected president one day to step down from office. In a statement posted Monday on its official Facebook page, Tamarod (the "rebel" campaign") demanded that if President Mohamed Morsy doesn't leave office by Tuesday, the group will begin a civil disobedience movement, call for nationwide protests and march on the presidential palace, where Morsy's administration is running affairs. If the last...
(The New York Times 01/07/13)
Egypt’s armed forces threatened on Monday to intervene in the country’s political crisis, warning President Mohamed Morsi and other politicians that they had 48 hours to respond to an outpouring of popular protests that have included demands for his resignation. In a statement read on state television, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the head of the Egyptian military, said the mass demonstrations that intensified over the weekend, including the storming of the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Cairo early Monday, reflected an “unprecedented” expression of popular anger at Mr. Morsi and his Islamist backers in the brotherhood during his first year in power. It was unclear from the general’s statement whether the military was specifically demanding that Mr. Morsi resign. But the...
(Le Monde 01/07/13)
Au lendemain de rassemblements qui ont réuni plusieurs millions de personnes à travers le pays, la crise politique s'aggrave en Egypte : le siège des Frères musulmans au Caire a été mis à sac, lundi 1er juillet, et plusieurs ministres auraient remis leur démission. Face à cet enlisement, l'armée a adressé un ultimatum de 48 heures aux forces politiques du pays. L'armée adresse un ultimatum Dans une allocution télévisée, lundi, le chef d'état-major de l'armée égyptienne a accordé 48 heures aux responsables politiques pour "satisfaire les demandes du peuple", expliquant que celles-ci ont été exprimées d'une manière "sans précédent" et que le pays ne peut plus se permettre de perdre du temps. Le général Abdel Fatah al Sisi n'a pas...
(Ahram Online 25/06/13)
President Mohamed Morsi remained silent over sectarian hate speech before killing of 4 Shia Muslims by mob in Giza, Amnesty International says Amnesty International has warned of rising sectarian violence against Egypt’s Shia Muslims after Sunday's mob killing in Giza. The attack took place, allegedly led by Salafist sheikhs, in the village of Zawyat Abu Musalam. Hundreds of people surrounded the house of a local Shia leader after hearing he was hosting a religious gathering. The mob then beat him and his guests and set the house on fire, killing four. “Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi must urgently tackle the unprecedented level of sectarian violence against Shia Muslims and ensure they are protected from further attacks,” Amnesty’s statement read. Hassiba Hadj...
(Alarabiya.net 24/06/13)
Taking place in a real café in the west of Cairo, “Coffee Shop,” an all-male drama, focuses on discussions between Amr, a staunch Egyptian patriot, and Sherif, who aspires to live a more Western lifestyle. The show is due to be broadcast this Ramadan on al-Hafez, a Salafist Islamist channel known for its conservative programs. The sitcom's creator seemingly attempts to champion a non-Western lifestyle in Egypt. “Every time Amr ends up being right and Sherif ends up being wrong,” said Sayed Said, the creator and chief scriptwriter of “Coffee Shop,” in a report by The Guardian. Said says the existing content shown during Ramadan is sexualized and fails to represent conservative Egyptians. “The basic aim of the series is...
(Ahram Online 20/06/13)
Two weeks ahead of planned nationwide protests 30 June, Egypt's Islamist rulers - and separately the army - consider their options. Having received identical reports on wide and increasing support of planned 30 June demonstrations demanding early presidential elections, President Mohamed Morsi and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) are independently considering their options. For his part, Morsi has demanded the announced support of both the grand imam of Al-Azhar, who some Islamists called for his removal, and the patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church, whose inauguration Morsi declined to attend despite a prior visit to Abbaseya Cathedral to attend Christmas Mass when he was a presidential runner. Both Ahmed El-Tayeb, the grand imam of Al-Azhar, and Pope...
(Reuters (Eng) 20/06/13)
LUXOR — A hardline Islamist appointed governor of Luxor stayed away from his new office on Wednesday as protesters barred access and demanded Egypt's president revoke a nomination they fear will hurt local tourism. Adel Mohamed al-Khayat, appointed by President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, is a member of al-Gamaa al-Islamiya, the movement accused of killing 58 foreign tourists at the Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor's Valley of the Queens in 1997. Determined to stop Khayat from entering his office, up to 100 protesters blocked a road leading to the building with burning tires. Locals employed in Luxor's tourism industry, already suffering from more than two years of unrest, fear visitors will be scared away from the city on...
(Ahram Online 19/06/13)
As opposition parties and groups brace for 30 June anti-govt rallies – and with Egypt's Islamist camp mulling parallel counter-demonstrations – the spectre of renewed political violence looms disturbingly large. As many Egyptians prepare to hit the streets nationwide on 30 June to mark the end of President Mohamed Morsi's first year in office, the planned protests have come to the forefront of Egypt's domestic political scene amid mounting discontent with the country's post-revolution leadership. The planned demonstrations, called for by Egypt's anti-Morsi 'Rebel' signature drive to demand snap presidential polls, are expected to be the largest since the 25 January uprising's second anniversary. Some campaigners are even billing the event as a 'second revolution.' Within the last two months,...
(AFP (eng) 17/06/13)
Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi on Saturday announced the "definitive" severing of relations with war-torn Syria, which is suffering from more than two years of civil war. Egypt "decided today to definitively break off relations with the current regime in Syria, to close that regime's embassy in Cairo and to recall Egypt's charge d'affaires" from Damascus, Morsi told thousands of supporters in a Cairo stadium for a "Support for Syria" rally. Calling on the international community to impose a "no-fly zone" over Syria, Morsi also said he had made "contact with Arab and Muslim states to organise an emergency support meeting" for the Syrian people. He denounced the intervention in the conflict of powerful Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah, which recently...
(BBC News Africa 17/06/13)
Syria has condemned Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi for cutting off diplomatic relations between the two countries. Mr Morsi had joined a "choir of conspiracy and incitement led by America", an "official source" told the state-run Sana news agency. Mr Morsi also demanded that the Lebanese Shia movement Hezbollah withdraw from the fighting in Syria. Some Sunni Muslim clerics have urged support for rebels in Syria. Addressing a rally in support of the Syrian opposition on Saturday, Mr Morsi said that Syria's embassy in Cairo would be shut and Egypt's representative withdrawn from Damascus. He also called on the international community to impose a no-fly zone over the country. Syria said the move was "irresponsible" and was part of an attempt...
(AFP (eng) 17/06/13)
Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi, in severing ties with Damascus, aims to show solidarity with Western and fellow Arab states opposed to Syria's regime and also boost his under-fire image at home, analysts said. Morsi, an Islamist from the Muslim Brotherhood, told supporters in a Cairo stadium for a "Support for Syria" rally on Saturday that he was going to "definitively" cut diplomatic relations with Syria. The Syrian government on Sunday slammed the decision. Morsi had joined the "conspiracy and incitement led by the United States and Israel against Syria by announcing the cutting of ties," an unnamed official told Syria's state news agency SANA. He accused Morsi of announcing the cut in ties to deflect attention from domestic crises. On...
(Ahram Online 13/06/13)
In an exclusive interview, Ahram Online talks with members of Egypt's most controversial and mysterious opposition group, the outlawed Black Bloc, ahead of nationwide anti-Morsi protests on 30 June. After 45 days in detention, security forces have released eight young men arrested in April for being part of the amorphous and outlawed group the "Black Bloc." Eight youth slapped with the same charges, including spreading terrorism and banned ideas online, possessing firearms, using violence against public servants and burning down Muslim Brotherhood buildings, have been released. Egypt's Black Bloc has ruffled the feathers of authorities since it mysteriously appeared on 24 January 2013. Just five days later, Prosecutor General Talaat Abdallah issued a blanket arrest warrant for anyone involved in...
(Ahram Online 13/06/13)
Egypt's National Security Board calls on presidency to tone down allusions to war between Egypt and Ethiopia; foreign minister dispatched to Addis to seek and offer 'good will'. Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr is expected in Addis Ababa next week for talks with top Ethiopian officials over Ethiopia's building of a mega dam over the Blue Nile that some argue may impact Egypt’s historic share of Nile waters. Amr is expected to underline in talks with Ethiopian interlocutors the need for Egypt and Ethiopia to work closely together to ensure that the proposed dam will have a minimal negative environmental impact and would take into consideration Egypt’s need for its full share of Nile water as per past agreements. The...
(LibreAfrique 12/06/13)
L’Égypte est confrontée à sa plus grave crise politique depuis février 2011. Ce dimanche, la Cour constitutionnelle suprême a statué que l’élection au Conseil de la Choura, la chambre haute du pays, et la nomination d’une commission chargée de rédiger la nouvelle constitution étaient inconstitutionnelles. Bien que personne ne puisse prédire les répercussions exactes de ces décisions, elles constituent un rappel de la menace que représente une politique dysfonctionnelle pour l’avenir du monde arabe. L’Égypte est au bord d’un abîme économique. L’État, lourdement endetté, consacre un tiers de ses dépenses à subventionner les prix des carburants et des denrées alimentaires. La plupart des avantages des subventions reviennent aux ménages les plus riches et aux grandes entreprises. Les importations de produits...
(The Associated Press 11/06/13)
JOHANNESBURG — The desk is spotless and books neatly line the shelves in Nelson Mandela's office at a Johannesburg-based foundation that carries his name, but the former South African president and anti-apartheid leader hasn't worked there for years. The meticulously preserved room is one of many tributes to the legacy of a former prisoner who became so revered for his efforts to reconcile a racially divided nation that many South Africans cannot bring themselves to speak openly about the possibility of his death. That reluctance is gradually eroding as the 94-year-old receives treatment for a recurring lung infection, spending a fourth day in a Pretoria hospital on Tuesday. President Jacob Zuma called Mandela's condition "very serious" but said he has...
(AFP (eng) 11/06/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 11, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela was spending his fourth day in hospital Tuesday where he was being treated in intensive care for a lung infection. The 94-year-old former president was rushed to a Pretoria hospital early Saturday and was said to be in serious but stable condition. His latest health scare has been met with prayers and a growing acceptance among South Africans that their hero may be nearing the end of his life. "He is receiving intensive care treatment," presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj, who served jail time with Mandela, told AFP on Monday. He "remains in hospital, and his condition is unchanged," the presidency said after describing him as being in a "serious but stable" condition...
(The Associated Press 11/06/13)
CAIRO (AP) — Angry Egyptian lawmakers accused the country's prime minister and government on Monday of doing nothing to prevent Ethiopia from completing a dam that threatens to leave Nile-dependent Egypt with a dangerous water shortage. Prime Minister Hesham Kandil had just finished addressing parliament about how the government planned to work diplomatically, legally and technically to negotiate with Ethiopia over the dam when the session heated up. He called the dam's construction an "act of defiance" and stressed that Egypt will not give "a single drop of water," but then hurriedly left the chamber despite calls for clarification over how to handle the situation if Ethiopia rejects overtures. "Egypt will turn to a graveyard" if the dam is completed,...

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