Posts Tagged ‘ Egypt ’

Egypt: Junta flacks reject appeal of rigged presidential election

June 2, 2014
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swissinfo [Switzerland]    

"Egypt's elections committee said on Sunday it had rejected a defeated presidential candidate's appeal against voting results that gave former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi a landslide victory. Leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi only got 3 percent of the votes in last week's elections, according to initial results that showed Sisi in the lead with 93 percent of votes. The elections committee's statement did not give details on its ruling on the appeal. It said the official results will be announced on Tuesday night." (06/02/14)

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Egypt: Junta figurehead claims victory with 93.3% of vote in fake election

May 29, 2014
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Reuters    

"Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the general who toppled Egypt's first freely elected leader, swept to victory in a presidential election, provisional results showed on Thursday, joining a long line of leaders drawn from the military. But a lower than expected turnout figure raised questions about Sisi's credibility after his supporters had idolized him as a hero who can deliver political and economic stability. Sisi captured 93.3 percent of votes cast as counting nearly came to a close, judicial sources said. His only rival, leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi, gained 3.0 percent while 3.7 percent of votes were declared void." (05/28/14)

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Egypt: Junta “court” cages Mubarak, sons for three years

May 21, 2014
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Daily Mail [UK]    

"Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been sentenced to three years in prison for embezzlement and ordered to pay back $17.6m. The graft case against the 86-year-old Mubarak, who is kept in custody at a military hospital, is one of two against the former president who was ousted in a popular uprising in 2011 after nearly three decades in power." (05/21/14)

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Obama regime continues to surreptitiously supply arms to Egyptian junta

May 21, 2014
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Truthout    

"Newly obtained documents reveal that the US government has continued to provide substantial weapons support for the unelected Egyptian military regime, despite the State Department's assertion that it would withhold important weapons shipments 'pending credible progress toward an inclusive, democratically elected civilian government.' Though the military assistance freeze was announced last October, the US has continued to send the Egyptian military millions of dollars worth of parts for tanks, helicopters, fighter jets and guided missiles." (05/21/14)

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Egypt: Junta “courts” “convict” 170 in mass show trials

May 19, 2014
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Houston Chronicle    

"A pair of Egyptian courts [sic] on Sunday convicted [sic] 170 suspected supporters of toppled President Mohammed Morsi on charges over violent attacks last year, the country's latest mass trials [sic] ahead of this month's presidential elections. The convictions in the courts in Cairo and in the Nile Delta city of Kafr el-Sheikh are the latest in a series over recent months that saw hundreds of people prosecutors identified as Morsi supporters sentenced to death or imprisonment. In some cases, the verdicts came after no more than two hearings, drawing criticism from human rights activists and foreign governments as Egypt's military-backed [junta] continues its crackdown on Morsi supporters and his Muslim Brotherhood group." (05/18/14)

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Egypt: Al Qaeda-inspired militant group claims responsibility for Sinai bombings

May 4, 2014
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Fox News    

"An Egyptian militant group has claimed responsibility for twin suicide bombings that killed three people and wounded eight on Friday in the southern Sinai Peninsula. ... In the first attack, a suicide bomber blew himself up in front of a bus carrying workers, killing one and wounding three. Another bomber blew himself up at an army checkpoint, killing a soldier and a civilian passer-by and wounding five others." (05/04/14)

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Suicide bombers strike Egypt’s Sinai, bomb kills one in Cairo

May 2, 2014
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Reuters    

"One Egyptian soldier was killed and at least seven more people wounded in two suicide attacks in South Sinai on Friday and a policeman died in a Cairo bomb attack, official sources said, in the latest round of violence ahead of elections due in May. Militant attacks in Egypt have spiraled since the army deposed President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood last July after mass protests." (05/02/14)

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EU: Egypt junta’s mass death sentences in breach of international law

April 29, 2014
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The Star [Malaysia]    

"The European Union's foreign policy chief said on Tuesday Egypt's sentencing of 683 people to death breached international law and urged Cairo authorities to ensure defendants' rights to a fair and timely trial. An Egyptian court sentenced the leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and 682 supporters to death on Monday, intensifying a crackdown on the movement that could trigger protests and political violence before an election next month." (04/30/14)

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Egypt: Junta “court” hands down death sentence for Brotherhood leader, 682 supporters

April 28, 2014
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Reuters    

"An Egyptian court handed down a death sentence on the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and 682 supporters, intensifying a crackdown on the movement that could trigger protests and political violence ahead of an election next month. A death penalty for Mohamed Badie, the Brotherhood's general guide, will infuriate members of the Brotherhood which has been the target of raids, arrests and bans since President Mohamed Mursi was forced from power by the military in July. ... Death sentence recommendations in the case involving Badie will be passed on to Egypt's Mufti, the highest religious authority. His opinion is not legally binding and can be ignored by the court." (04/28/14)

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Egypt: Cairo bombing kills top cop

April 23, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"A senior Egyptian police officer has been killed by a bomb blast in the capital, Cairo, security officials say. Brig-Gen Ahmed Zaki died when an explosive device placed under his official vehicle was detonated in the western suburb of 6 October City. He was the fifth police general to be killed since the start of the year. Jihadist militants have stepped up attacks on security personnel and killed hundreds since the army ousted President Mohammed Morsi last July." (04/23/14)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-27122773  

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Egypt: Junta leader “resigns,” will “run for president”

March 27, 2014
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Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]    

"Egypt’s army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has resigned his post and announced he will run for the presidency, pledging to 'reconstruct the state and restore its dignity.' Ending weeks of speculation, Field Marshal Sisi also stood aside from his role as Minister of Defence in the government that was formed after the overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood-backed government of Mohamed Mursi on July 3." (03/27/14)

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Egypt in transition

March 5, 2014
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Acton Institute Acton Institute
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"As Egypt moves through the process of establishing a new, stable government after not just one but two revolutions, the security of the Coptic Christian community in Egyptian society has at times been in doubt. Dr. Magdy El-Sanady, an Egyptian Coptic Christian who has worked for over 30 years in health planning, management and community development, and in non-governmental organization institutional strengthening in Egypt, joins Acton's Director of Communications John Couretas for a discussion of the current state of affairs politically and socially within an Egypt that is transitioning from dictatorship to a new, and hopefully better, form of government." [Flash audio] (03/05/14)

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Egypt: Junta names Mubarak crony to form new puppet government

February 25, 2014
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Miami Herald    

"In a surprise announcement, Egyptian Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi announced Monday that his 7-month-old government had resigned just two months ahead of expected presidential elections, a move that seemed destined to clear the way for a new Cabinet led by politicians close to ousted President Hosni Mubarak. The departing Cabinet was the fifth government to rule Egypt in three years. The transitional president, Adly Mansour, accepted el-Beblawi’s resignation and named as his successor the housing minister, Ibrahim Mahlab, a former member of Mubarak’s National Democratic Party who has business interests in Saudi Arabia and whom Mubarak appointed to the legislature’s upper house, the Shura Council, in 2010." (02/24/14)

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Egypt: Junta’s “interim government” resigns unexpectedly

February 24, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"Egypt's interim Prime Minister Hazem Beblawi has unexpectedly announced the resignation of his government. He gave no reason in his televised address, but it comes amid a series of strikes, including one by public sector workers and rubbish collectors. The state-run newspaper al-Ahram said he had been asked to stay on as prime minister until a successor was named. He was appointed in July after the military overthrew President Mohammed Morsi following opposition protests." (02/24/14)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-26323638  

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Islamist leader: Egypt is “republic of fear”

February 9, 2014
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Lexington Herald-Leader    

"A leading Egyptian Islamist and a former presidential candidate says an ongoing crackdown by the military-backed interim government has turned the country into a 'republic of fear.' Abdel-Moneim Abolfotoh, who joined mass protests against the now-ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi last summer, reiterated his decision that he will not contest upcoming presidential elections expected for the spring, denouncing the vote as a 'farce' since it will come amid 'suppression.'" (02/09/14)

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Egypt: Junta plans show trial for 20 Al-Jazeera journalists

January 30, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"Egypt's crackdown on press freedoms gathered pace today as the military-led government said it would put 20 journalists from the al-Jazeera television network on trial, including two Britons. The announcement was made by Egyptian prosecutors, who said that the Britons four -- along with an Australian and a Dutch national -- stood accused of 'airing false news.' The charges are thought to be linked to complaints that al- Jazeera has broadcast interviews with members of the Muslim Brotherhood, whose government was toppled in last June’s military coup." (01/29/14)

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Egypt: After fake constitutional referendum, junta OKs leader for fake presidential campaign

January 27, 2014
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CNN    

"Egypt's military leadership council on Monday gave Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi -- the army chief who helped oust the country's first democratically elected president -- its blessing to run for the presidency, the state-run Middle East News Agency reported. El-Sisi has yet to announce whether he'll run, but the move by Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces essentially is an endorsement of him, said Ehab Badawy, a spokesman for Egyptian Interim President Adly Mansour." (01/27/14)

http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/27/world/africa/egypt-el-sisi-presidency/  

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Egypt: Key vote on new constitution amid massive security

January 14, 2014
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Time    

"Egyptians headed to the polls Tuesday morning, the start of two days of voting on a draft constitution that is a key step for the country’s military-backed leadership. Massive security deployments are in place to protect polling stations; the AP reports that 160,000 soldiers and more than 200,000 policemen are guarding voting locations across the country. In Cairo early Tuesday morning, a bomb went off outside of a courthouse before the polls opened, causing significant damage but no casualties." (01/14/14)

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Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood appeals to world criminal court

January 7, 2014
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The Globe and Mail [Canada]    

"Ever since the Egyptian military pushed aside the Muslim Brotherhood and took power in Egypt last summer, the army has done its best to silence the organization by locking up its leaders, banning its activities and cracking down on demonstrations. Now largely shut out at home, the Brotherhood has taken its cause abroad, bringing a high-profile legal action at the International Criminal Court (ICC) and launching a global publicity campaign in the hope of winning international recognition as defenders of democracy in Egypt." (01/06/14)

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Is Egypt committing economic suicide?

January 6, 2014
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Dalibor Rohac  

"How does one save an economy on the brink of bankruptcy? In Egypt, the answer seems to be a stimulus plan. Egypt’s finance minister, Ahmed Galal, announced that starting in January the government will increase the planned stimulus package by 25 per cent to a total of $4.36bn. All of this is happening at a time when the country’s budget deficit is at 14 per cent of GDP, and the growth in public debt -- currently at 87.5 per cent of GDP -- is out of control." (01/06/14)

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Egypt: Junta goons interrogate Al-Jazeera team

December 30, 2013
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ABC News    

"Egyptian state security prosecutors interrogated a team of journalists working for Al-Jazeera's English channel Monday a day after they were arrested in Cairo, a security official said Monday. State security prosecutors usually investigate cases involving national security or terrorism. The official said the journalists from the Qatar-based network were being questioned for broadcasting without permission from a five-star hotel, the Cairo Marriott. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media." (12/30/13)

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Egypt: Junta broadens crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood

December 27, 2013
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New York Times    

"Just a day after Egypt’s military-backed government declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group, a more aggressive crackdown was already emerging Thursday, as the authorities announced dozens of arrests across the country, and the seizure of land, stocks and vehicles belonging to the Islamist movement’s members. Social and charitable groups even loosely associated with the group struggled after their funds were frozen by the state." (12/27/13)

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Egypt: Junta declares Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group

December 25, 2013
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New York Times    

"Egypt’s military-backed leaders designated the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization on Wednesday, outlawing the country's most successful political movement and vowing to treat anyone who belongs to it -- or even takes part in its activities -- as a terrorist. Egypt’s leaders have been locked in conflict with the movement since July, when the military deposed Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president and a former Brotherhood leader. The state's security forces have killed hundreds of the movement's supporters during protests against Mr. Morsi's removal. Most of the Brotherhood's leaders and thousands of its members have been imprisoned." (12/25/13)

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Egypt: New junta edict bans unapproved protests

November 24, 2013
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Al Jazeera [Qatar]    

"Egypt's interim president [sic], Adly Mansour, has signed a restrictive new 'protest law' that would require Egyptians to seek approval days in advance before organising demonstrations. The law will take effect later this week once the final text is published in the official state register. It gives police wide latitude to use force against demonstrators, which could give the government a pretext for a widespread crackdown. The law has gone through numerous revisions, but rights groups say the latest version requires protesters to seek approval from police three days in advance, and allows the interior ministry to block rallies that could 'pose a serious threat to security or peace.'" (11/24/13)

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Egypt: Soldiers killed in Sinai attack

November 20, 2013
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Al Jazeera [Qatar]    

"At least ten Egyptian soldiers have been killled in a car-bomb attack in the volatile border region of northern Sinai, security officials said. They said the car bomb on Wednesday struck a bus carrying the off-duty soldiers as it travelled on the road between the border town of Rafah and the coastal city of el-Arish. Thirty five soldiers were wounded in the attack. The soldiers belong to the 2nd Field Army, which is doing most of the fighting against Islamist fighters waging an insurgency against security forces in Sinai." (11/20/13)

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