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Sisi fulfils promise of crushing Muslim Brotherhood

Egyptian President al Sis has seen hios election promise of wiping out the Muslim Brotherhood fulfilled.

An Egyptian court on Saturday dissolved the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the political wing of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, dealing a crippling blow in the campaign to crush Egypt’s oldest Islamist movement. A court banned the Muslim Brotherhood itself in September, but that ruling did not mention its political wing, leaving open the possibility it could be allowed to run in parliamentary elections, due late this year. Saturday’s supreme administrative court ruling excludes the Brotherhood from formal participation in electoral politics, potentially forcing the movement underground, particularly as it has lost the sympathy of large swathes of the public. The court’s ruling called for the FJP to be dissolved … Continue reading

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Egypt’s army chief resigns to stand for country’s presidency

Field Marshal Abdul Fattah al-Sisi who has resigned in order to stand for the country

The BBC is reporting that Egypt’s military chief, Field Marshal Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has resigned in order to stand for the presidency. The army chief who led the overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi in July last year following mass opposition protests, announced his widely expected announcement on state TV. In his address, Mr al-Sisi told Egyptians he was “appearing in front of you for the last time in military uniform” before warning that the country was “threatened by terrorists” and saying he would work to make an Egypt “free of fear”. Correspondents say he is likely to win the presidential poll, given his popularity and the lack of any serious … Continue reading

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Hamas denies training Egyptian militant groups

Former Egyptian President Mohamud Morsi who was remanded in custody for a further 30 days on Friday morning on suspicion of conspiring with Hamas over his escape from prison during the 2011 uprising that forced Hosni Mubarak from power.

The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas has denied training militants who claim to have been behind a string of bomb attacks in Egypt in the past two weeks. Egyptian state television alleged this week that Hamas’ military wing had trained Sinai-based jihadists to carry out car bombings and make explosives. State-run paper al-Ahram said Hamas had also been involved in an assassination attempt on Egypt’s interior minister. A Hamas spokesman dismissed the claims, insisting they had no basis in fact. The authorities in Cairo have accused Hamas, which governs the neighbouring Gaza Strip, of interfering in Egyptian affairs since the military ousted President Mohammed Morsi in July. The group was founded in the … Continue reading

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In sensitive case, Egypt acquits alleged killers of 2011 protesters

30 Egyptians were killed and over 450 injured during the

An Egyptian court on Thursday acquitted all 14 defendants, including policemen, accused of killing 17 protesters during the bloodiest day of a revolt that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak over two years ago, judicial sources said. The deaths in Suez City triggered violence across Egypt on what was later called “The Friday of Rage” – January 28, 2011 – that fuelled an 18-day uprising against Mubarak, who had ruled Egypt for 30 years. The verdict could add to tensions in Egypt, which has been gripped by a political crisis since the army overthrew President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood on July 3 after mass protests against his rule. The Brotherhood … Continue reading

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Morsi charged with conducting murder and “thuggery”

Former Egyptian President Mohamud Morsi who is set to stand trial on charges of incitement to conduct murder and "thuggery"

Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi will stand trial on charges of incitement to conduct murder and “thuggery” relating to clashes near the presidential palace in December, state-run MENA reported Sunday. The country’s general prosecutor ordered Morsi to stand trial along with 14 members of the Muslim Brotherhood, the news agency said. No date was given for the trial. The charges stem from when pro- and anti-Morsi protesters clashed outside the presidential palace in early December. Demonstrators were protesting his then-recent edict granting himself sweeping powers and a proposed constitution — drafted by an Islamist-dominated council — that they feared would give him even more power. After Morsi supporters chased protesters … Continue reading

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Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood condemns arrest of its leader

The leader of Egypt

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has condemned the arrest of its leader Mohammad Badie over allegations of incitement to violence and murder. A Brotherhood spokesman said the arrest was part of a plot against the 2011 revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak. Mr Badie was detained near the site of a Cairo protest camp cleared by police last week with heavy loss of life. Egypt is under a state of emergency as the military-backed interim leaders crack down on Islamists opposed to the ousting of Mr Morsi. Hundreds of members of the Muslim Brotherhood – the movement from which Mr Morsi comes – have been detained since Mr Morsi’s overthrow on 3 July. … Continue reading

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US delays delivery of F-16 fighter jets to Egypt continues

The US is suspending the sending of  F-16D_IAF_105 jet fighter like this to Egypt

The US says it is delaying the delivery of four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt amid unrest following the army’s overthrow of Mohammed Morsi as president. Pentagon spokesman George Little said the decision was made “given the current situation in Egypt”. The US is examining whether Mr Morsi’s removal was a coup, which would trigger a legal requirement to cut off aid. The four F-16 jets are part of an already agreed bigger order of 20 planes, eight of which have already been sent to Egypt. As recently as 11 July US officials suggested the latest four F-16s would still be sent to Egypt. However, on Wednesday the Pentagon confirmed … Continue reading

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16 killed as Morsi vowes to ‘give my life’ to defend democracy

Egyptian President Mahmud Morsi who has vowed to risk his life to defend constitutional democracy in Egypt.

Egypt’s Mohammed Morsi has insisted he remains the country’s legitimate president, as mass protests claimed more lives in the capital, Cairo. In a late-night TV address, Mr Morsi rejected an army ultimatum that the crisis be resolved by Wednesday. Mr Morsi said he would not be dictated to and urged protesters to remain peaceful. However, at least 16 people died at one pro-Morsi rally. The army earlier leaked details of a draft “roadmap” for Egypt’s future. Details of the plan leaked to the BBC outlined new presidential elections, the suspension of the new constitution and the dissolution of parliament. The army had warned on Monday that it would step in … Continue reading

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Two dead as Egyptians clash ahead of rallies

A man was shot dead in overnight clashes north of Cairo between supporters and opponents of Egypt’s Islamist government, security sources said, raising tensions ahead of big opposition rallies planned next Sunday. A second man, also an Islamist supporter, died of gunshot wounds sustained in clashes south of the capital some days before and rival parties traded blame for the violence. The ruling Muslim Brotherhood described both dead men as “martyrs”. Highlighting mutual mistrust as Egypt struggles to establish democratic institutions after its 2011 revolution, the Brotherhood also denounced as a “political trial” a court judgment on Sunday that called for an investigation of its role in a mass jail-break … Continue reading

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Egyptian court frees Mubarak-era prime minister Nazif

An Egyptian court ordered the release of former Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif on Thursday because of a limit on pre-trial detention in a corruption case for which he had been held since the revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak. Nazif, who still faces a retrial, is the highest-profile Mubarak-era official to be freed in corruption cases which have failed to produce convictions that stick – prompting frustrated opponents of the old regime to criticise the justice system. The court accepted an appeal lodged by Nazif, who was prime minister from 2004 until Mubarak replaced him during the uprising in January 2011 in an effort to appease public opinion. A lawyer for … Continue reading

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