Newscast Media CAIRO—Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Morsi will go on trial on Feb. 16 over charges of espionage along with 35 others, official news agency MENA reported on Tuesday. The suspects include Muslim Brotherhood supreme guide Mohamed Badei and his two deputies Khairat al-Shater and Mahmoud Ezzat, former parliament speaker Saad al-Katatni and others.
They are accused of collaborating with foreign bodies, including the Islaimist Hamas Movement, to carry out terrorist acts in Egypt.
Meanwhile, the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper reported Tuesday that Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi would resign within days as a prelude to announcing his presidential bid.
The newspaper added the step would be blessed by the armed forces, Arab countries and Washington, particularly the Pentagon.
“[Sisi] has taken the decision in light of the widespread popular demand [for his presidential bid], in addition to signals of Arab consensus on the move, especially by the Gulf,” the paper quoted an informed source as saying.
Sisi has also taken the decision after a careful study of expected Western reactions, especially the US. The Pentagon in particular welcomed his presidential bid, the source added.
Sisi will announce running for president as well as his platform in a speech to the people. His platform will reportedly depend on the slogans of 25 January and 30 June revolutions.
Source: Al-Masry Al-Youm
Newscast Media CAIRO—Ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, has been
accused of complicity in the deaths and torture of demonstrators outside his
presidential palace in 2012, judicial sources say. On Monday, Egypt’s prosecution
extended Morsi’s detention for another 15 days beginning next week. Morsi already
stands accused of crimes related to his 2011 escape from jail.
In December, 2012, violent clashes erupted between Morsi’s supporters and
opponents in the capital, Cairo, after he issued a controversial constitutional
declaration in November of the same year to expand his powers.
On December 5, five people were killed in the clashes between backers and
opponents of Morsi in the capital.
Earlier in July, a court in the Arab country ordered Morsi’s detention over allegations
of collaboration with Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, “to undertake
aggressive acts in the country, as well as attacking police facilities, officers and
On August 12, the Egyptian Judiciary extended Morsi’s detention pending an inquiry
into his alleged links with Hamas.
Morsi was due to be questioned on whether he collaborated with Hamas in attacks on
police stations and prison breaks in early 2011, when he and some members of the
Muslim Brotherhood escaped from jail during the revolution against the regime of
ex-president, Hosni Mubarak.
Hamas reacted to the allegations on July 26 and condemned Morsi’s detention, saying
“it is based on the premise that the Hamas movement is hostile.”
The movement’s spokesman, Sami Abu Zuhri, noted, “This is a dangerous
development, which confirms that the current powers in Egypt are giving up on
national causes and even using these issues to deal with other parties — first among
them the Palestinian cause.”
Egypt plunged into chaos after the head of the country’s armed forces, General Abdel
Fattah al-Sisi, ousted Morsi on July 3, suspended the constitution and dissolved the
Source: Press TV
The clashes broke out as Morsi’s supporters marched toward a building that houses the Interior Ministry in central Cairo. They and their opponents hurled rocks and bottles at one another and police fired volleys of tear gas to break up the battles.
Women and children among the pro-Morsi faction fled the scene in panic.
The repeated clashes are symptomatic of a country still deeply divided six weeks after the army overthrew Morsi. Muslim Brotherhood camps at Cairo’s al-Nahda Square and around Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque make up the heart of the resistance to the military and the civilian government it installed. Morsi supporters have stood their ground behind barricades, and Egypt’s interim leaders have debated how to end their sit-in, not ruling out force.
Police had announced on Monday that they had postponed plans to move in with force, fearing violence after protesters reinforced the sit-ins at two major sites.
Morsi’s supporters had refused to abandon their protest camps despite warnings, with some brandishing sticks and iron bars and wearing helmets in anticipation of a crackdown. Meanwhile armored troop carriers along with squads of soldiers were positioned outside a nearby police station.
A security source said the delay was partially because demonstrators had flocked to the camps after reports of an imminent crackdown. Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy said efforts were being made to resolve the situation through dialogue. The interior ministry had announced that gradual measures would be taken to regain control of the areas, warning that it might use water cannon and tear gas.
Source: Deutsche Welle
Newscast Media CAIRO, Egypt—In an offensive move against rogue militants, for the first time since 1973, Egypt is preparing to send aircrafts and tanks to the Sinai Peninsula, while Israel has also announced it will deploy an air defense system near the Egyptian border. The move is in response to the August 5, attack in which 16 Egyptian border agents were killed.
The situation in which Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi finds himself, is analyzed by Middle Eastern journalist Abdel Rahman Youssef of Al Akhbar news:
“Whatever view he [Mursi] takes of the incident, and however he responds to it and its perceived perpetrators, Mursi risks setting himself at odds either with the Islamist movements and some of the country’s revolutionary forces, or with the military. Similarly, he stands to discredit either himself, by appearing ineffectual, or the Islamists as a whole, by allowing them to be depicted as a scourge and a source of disturbances in the country.
“Mursi would find himself in an extremely awkward position vis-a-vis the Islamists if he were succumb to such pressure to blame Palestinian groups for the incident, and acquiesce to a response that effectively reinstates the blockade of the Gaza Strip – something he and his group have long and vociferously opposed.
“This could amount to a first attempt to put Mursi at loggerheads with the Islamist movement which propelled him to office, with the aim of “burning” him. He would be depicted as two-faced, backing down to the ruling establishment and the enemies of the resistance, letting down fellow Arabs and Muslims, and indecision and ineffectiveness over Gaza and in general.
If, however, Mursi were to adopt the other view, that the Israelis were involved in the attack, he would also find himself in a bind, as he would be bound to respond against Israel and its accomplices to punish those responsible for killing the soldiers.
“This would not be easy to do, given Mursi’s declared commitment to respecting all international treaties, including the Camp David agreement which ties Egypt’s hands in the Sinai peninsula, especially in Area “C” adjacent to the border,” Youssef concluded.
Newscast Media CAIRO, Egypt—After the conclusion of Egypt’s presidential election, both candidates are claiming victory. The Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi was the first to declare victory over his opponent Ahmed Shafiq. The Morsi campaign team displayed what they claim is proof of his presidential election victory at a press conference Tuesday.
“Dr. Mohamed Mursi won 52 per cent of the votes (13,238,298), while Ahmed Shafiq won 48 per cent (12,351,184). This is based on results at polling stations issued on Sunday and Monday, and the tally of Egyptians voting abroad,” a spokesperson for Morsi’s campaign said.
Mohamed Morsi’s campaign said he won 52.5 percent of the vote in the presidential runoff election that took place Saturday and Sunday. Former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq won 47.5 percent, according to the campaign, with a difference of about 1 million votes.
Meanwhile, Ahmed Shafiq’s campaign dismissed what it called ‘lies’ about Morsi winning, confirming their candidate’s victory.
“The Egyptian public will know the truth, Shafiq is leading the race not Mursi,” said Ahmed Sarhan spokesman of shafiq’s campaign. Sarhan later stressed that “no one is president till Thursday.”
Shafiq’s campaign has claimed their candidate winning with earlier on Monday after all elections violations have been verified from their side. The campaign claims that Shafiq is winning with at least 200,000 votes.
The hysterics continued when the Presidential Elections Commission is not responsible for results announced by presidential candidates’ campaigns, a commission member said Monday. Omar Salama, a member of the commission’s general secretariat, said in an interview with privately owned satellite channel CBC that some ballots hadn’t been counted yet and that appeals will be reviewed.
He said it is still too early for celebrations in the streets, and that the commission would announce the official results Thursday.
Newscast Media CAIRO, Egypt—The preliminary presidential election round in Egypt resulted in the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsy leading with 25 percent of the vote, and his closest rival Ahmed Shafiq with 23 percent, according to Egypt’s Al-Masry Al-Youm news outlet. The runn-off will be held June 16 and 17 between both contenders who have distinct differences.
Shafiq, a military man served as deposed leader Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister, while Morsy an Islamist whose conservative message appeals to some has promised to introduce Sharia law if elected president.
According to Al-Masry Al-Youm, a Brotherhood official said that with votes counted from about 12,800 of the roughly 13,100 polling stations, Morsy had 25 percent, Shafiq 23 percent, a rival Islamist Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh 20 percent and leftist Hamdeen Sabbahi 19 percent.
Morsy’s success has dismayed non-Islamists, not least Christians who make up about a tenth of the population, unconvinced by promises that freedoms will be safe in a Brotherhood-led Egypt.
“It was for the sake of the Islamic Sharia that men were … thrown into prison. Their blood and existence rests on our shoulders now,” Morsy said during one campaign rally.
“We will work together to realize their dream of implementing sharia,” said the Brotherhood contender, who himself spent time in jail under Mubarak, according to Egypt Independent news.
Shafiq has relied on his military background and successes in the Civil Aviation Ministry to sell himself to the public in his presidential campaign. During his ten years heading the ministry, he was one of the few ministers whose performance was praised by both the regime and some opposition figures, journalists and writers. Some voices had called for him to be appointed prime minister or even vice president in the last few years of the Mubarak regime.
Shafiq believes it would be “unacceptable” if an Islamist takes the presidential office.
A victory for the Brotherhood will secure its position as Egypt’s dominant political group, which is a stark difference from the former military-dominated era of the past few decades.