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  1. Anees

    Anees Mod Staff Member MODERATOR

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    Egypt army confirms it is holding Morsi: AFP

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    CAIRO: Egypt's army is “preventively” holding ousted president Mohamed Morsi after his ouster by an army decree, a senior army official told AFP Thursday.

    “He is being held preventively for final preparations,” the official said, suggesting Morsi might face formal charges over accusations made by his opponents.

    Morsi was detained along with senior aides after issuing a defiant call for supporters to protect his elected “legitimacy”, in a recorded speech hours after the military announced he had been ousted Wednesday.

    “We had to confront it at some point, this threatening rhetoric,” the military official said.

    “He succeeded in creating enmity between Egyptians,” the official said.

    At least 50 people were killed in clashes in the days leading to massive protests on June 30 calling for his departure.

    That prompted the army to issue the president a 48-hour ultimatum to find an agreement with the protesters.

    Morsi has been summoned for questioning by a court over his escape, along with other inmates, from prison during the revolt that overthrew his predecessor Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

    The military official suggested he may now be charged by prosecutors in the case.

    A senior member of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood has earlier told AFP Morsi and senior aides had been detained in a military facility.

    “Morsi and the entire presidential team are under house arrest in the Presidential Republican Guards Club,” Gehad El-Haddad, the son of a top Morsi aide, told AFP.

    Haddad's father, Essam El-Haddad, widely seen as Morsi's right-hand man, was among those held, he added.

    The military official did not specify where Morsi is being held. Haddad said the ousted president was separated from his aides and detained at the defence ministry.

    Morsi's top aides have switched off their phones. Other presidential aides who were separated from Morsi earlier in the day say they have lost communication with their leader.

    Morsi had earlier been at his office in the Republican Guard's headquarters, before he was moved.

    A police general told AFP that security forces were seeking to arrest leaders of his Muslim Brotherhood movement.

    Police have already arrested Saad al-Katatni, head of Morsi's Freedom and Justice Party, and Rashad Bayoumi, the Muslim Brotherhood's deputy supreme guide, the general said.

    Hours after the military announced it had cancelled the constitution and would appoint the head of Egypt's top court as interim president, Morsi issued a defiant call to arms in a prerecorded speech aired on Al-Jazeera television.
     
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    Rock n Rolla Lt. Colonel STAR MEMBER

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    Morsi under house arrest !! The top judge of Egypt's Constitutional Court, Adli Mansour, is to be sworn in as interim leader.
     
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    Top judge Mansour sworn in as Egypt interim president

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    CAIRO: Egypt's chief justice Adly Mansour was sworn in as the country's interim president on Thursday, a day after the military ousted and detained Mohamed Morsi following a week of massive protests.

    “I swear to preserve the system of the republic, and respect the constitution and law, and guard the people's interests,” Mansour said as he took the oath of office at a ceremony in the Supreme Constitutional Court.

    Officials welcomed the declaration with a warm round of applause.

    The swearing-in ceremony, which was broadcast live on national television, came after the military swept aside Morsi on Wednesday, a little more than a year after the Islamist leader took office.

    A senior military officer told AFP the army was now “preventively” holding Morsi.

    The ousted president's government unravelled after the army gave him a 48-hour ultimatum in the wake of massive demonstrations against him on June 30, the anniversary of his first turbulent year in power.
     
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    He looks sad; is it because he's only a interim leader/because military is the real BOSS ??

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    Egypt army arrests key Muslim Brotherhood figures

    Egypt's military has moved against the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood a day after deposing President Mohammed Morsi.

    Mr Morsi is in detention, as well as senior figures in the Islamist group of which he is a member. Hundreds more are being sought.

    The top judge of Egypt's constitutional court, Adly Mahmud Mansour, has been sworn in as interim leader.

    He has pledged to hold elections based on "the genuine people's will".

    Senior figures in the Brotherhood and its political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), were quoted as saying they would not work with the new powers - but would not take up arms or encourage followers to do so either.

    The upheaval comes after days of mass rallies against Mr Morsi and the Brotherhood, accused of pursuing an Islamist agenda and failing to tackle Egypt's economic problems.

    Some 50 people have died since the latest unrest began on Sunday, with correspondents saying that there are continuing fears of confrontation between the pro- and anti-Morsi blocs.

    A coalition of Islamist parties - the National Coalition in Support of Legitimacy - has called for mass prayers to denounce the army's actions following Muslim prayers on Friday.

    Warrants

    Gehad el-Haddad, a spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood, earlier told the BBC that Mr Morsi had been put under house arrest and the "entire presidential team" was in detention.

    The army said that Mr Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected leader, had "failed to meet the demands of the people".

    Mr Haddad's father, senior Morsi aide Essam el-Haddad, and Saad al-Katatni, head of the FJP, are among those being held.

    On Thursday afternoon unnamed officials said Mohammed Badie, supreme leader of the Brotherhood, had been arrested in Mersa Matruh, a Mediterranean coastal city to the west of Cairo.

    Arrest warrants have reportedly been issued for some 300 other members of the Muslim Brotherhood, including Mr Badie's deputy, Khairat al-Shater.

    Some of those held, including Mr Morsi, are being charged with "insulting the judiciary" and the public prosecutor's office told AFP news agency travel bans had been placed on 35 senior leaders.

    Several TV stations sympathetic to the Brotherhood have been taken off the air, and a state-owned printing press is said to be refusing to print a newspaper run by the FJP.

    Security forces raided Al Jazeera's Egypt channel and detained members of its crew - a move denounced by Al Jazeera.

    Rights group Amnesty International called the shutdowns a "blow to freedom of expression".

    Fighter jets trailing smoke drew love hearts in Cairo's smoggy skies on Thursday in apparent celebration of the military's role in ousting Mr Morsi's government.

    But across the city, his despondent supporters staged sit-ins in protest at what many are calling a betrayal of the democratic process.

    'Spirit of revolution'

    Mr Mansour took an oath to become interim head of state, vowing to safeguard "the spirit of the revolution" which had removed Hosni Mubarak from power in 2011.

    Fresh elections were "the only way" forward, he said, without indicating when they would be held.

    He held out an apparent olive branch to the Muslim Brotherhood, saying they were "part of this people" and were "invited to participate in building the nation".

    The army's roadmap for the post-Morsi era includes:

    Events in Egypt have divided international opinion, with the US, UK and UN among those expressing concern and calling for a swift return to civilian rule.

    Others, such as Turkey and Tunisia, have been more forthright in their condemnation of the way Mr Morsi has been ousted.

    Yet others, such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates - as well as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad - have welcomed the turn of events.

    Mr Morsi became Egypt's first Islamist president on 30 June 2012, after winning an election considered free and fair following the 2011 revolution that toppled Mubarak.

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    BBC News - Egypt army arrests key Muslim Brotherhood figures
     
  7. Himanshu Pandey

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    if only army pack these brotherood people for once and all.. egypt ave a chance
     
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    A picture showing a protester opposing Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi. (Reuters)

    Al Arabiya
    Speculations of what could have led Egyptians to call for the ouster of Mohammad Mursi are many. Below are 10 reasons believed to be why the Islamist president failed to remain in power for his term.

    1- The Brotherhoodization of the state
    Within months, Mursi appointed Brotherhood members in various state institutions. He assigned five members in different ministries, eight in the presidential office, in addition to seven governors, 12 governorate assistants,13 governorate councilors and 12 city mayors, all in charge of 40 million Egyptians.

    2- Judges and Judiciary
    Mursi’s attempts to control the judiciary went against building a democratic state.
    He dismissed public prosecutor Abdel Meguid Mahmoud last November, a step that was later ruled out by an Egyptian court as unconstitutional.
    The president’s power grab last November was also considered a step that weakens the courts, as it excludes his decrees from judicial oversight.


    3- Ousting Mubarak’s military strongman
    The dismissal of Field General Mohammed Tantawy, the defense minister under former president Hosni Mubarak, the country’s powerful armed forces looked at Mursi with mistrust. Tantawy, along with other top commanders from the country’s Supreme Council of Armed Forces where the ones who forced Mubarak to leave power.
    Consecutive attempts to insult the military by the Muslim Brotherhood, which the president hails from, have made the relation between Mursi and the establishment at unease.


    4- Crackdown on media
    The dismissal of editors heading some of the country’s newspapers, in addition to confiscating a number of newspapers, raised woes regarding the future of media freedom in Egypt under Mursi’s rule.
    More than 200 journalists were questioned by the country’s public prosecutor.
    The presidential office filed 100 suits against journalists and media figures, including the country’s popular satirist Bassem Youssef.
    In a response, the government rebuffed critics, arguing that the move was aimed at suppressing media reports that incite violence or the ones that personally insult the newly-elected president.


    5- Economic failures
    -Failing to fulfill promises he had made during Egypt’s presidential elections fueled people against him. Failing to increase wages and improve living conditions.
    There were about 558 demonstrations, 514 strikes and 500 sit-ins this year in Egypt.
    The ousted president tried to resolve the country’s deteriorating economic crisis by his decision to amend tax laws last November. However, this resulted in increasing prices of essential commodities needed by citizens.


    6- Foreign affairs
    The timing of Mursi’s visit to Tehran and Moscow affected how his position from the Syrian crisis was viewed, especially that he came to power following a popular revolution that later inspired the Syrian uprising.

    7- Real decision makers
    Leaders at the Muslim Brotherhood continuously announced decisions and made statements regarding state affairs during public events. This gave people the impression that they were the real policy-makers behind Mursi’s decisions. This has weakened the president’s image in front of the public.

    8- Emergency declarations
    Mursi’s declaration of a state of emergency in three cities near Egypt's Suez Canal, following four days of civil unrest, was deemed as ineffective. The cities were subjected to a 30-day curfew, which according to the constitution, needs to be approved by the parliament or council members. The deceleration was challenged seriously by residents of the cities, who filled the streets despite the curfew.

    9- Pardoning prisoners
    Mursi’s decision to issue a decree to pardon 22 imprisoned defendants serving sentences in Wadi Natrun prison. Some of the pardoned prisoners faced charges of drug-selling and murder.

    10-Accusing opposition
    Filing complaints against opposition figures like former nuclear chief Mohammad ElBaradei, opposition leaders Hamdeen Sabahi and Amr Moussa, and a number of media personals accusing them of inciting people against the newly-elected president.

    Top ten mistakes that led to Mursi?s ouster - Alarabiya.net English | Front Page
     
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    here we are discussing on egypt.... amazing and the panel is good and knowledgeable

     
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    Egypt's interim authorities on Thursday extended a state of emergency in force since mid-August by another two months because of the country's continued insecurity.

    President Adly Mansour had initially announced a month-long state of emergency on August 14, at a time when deadly unrest swept Egypt as police dispersed two Islamist protest camps.

    "President Adly Mansour decided to extend the state of emergency...by two months," presidential spokesman Ehab Bedawy said in a statement.

    The decision was taken in light of "developments and the security situation in the country," he said.

    More than 1,000 people were killed on August 14 and following days after police dispersed two sit-ins in Cairo by ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi's supporters.

    Islamists at the time lashed out at Christians, accused of supporting the military coup which ousted Morsi, and burned down several dozen churches and Coptic Christian-owned properties.

    Violent protests have largely subsided, giving way to militant attacks such as a suspected suicide bombing that targeted the interior minister last week in a failed assassination bid.

    The state of emergency grants security forces wide-ranging powers of arrest.

    According to a temporary charter adopted by Mansour, the state of emergency can be extended after the three-month period only by referendum.

    Barring a months-long interval in the early 1980s and its suspension months after president Hosni Mubarak's overthrow in early 2011, Egypt has been under continuous state of emergency ever since 1967.

    In a newspaper interview on Wednesday, interim prime minister Hazem al-Beblawi had said the state of emergency would likely be extended by two months.

    "I don't think any reasonable person aware of the situation, which keeps getting worse, would want the state of emergency lifted," Beblawi said.

    He did not indicate when the government would lift a nighttime curfew also imposed on August 14, since when the government has shortened it by four hours.

    With much of its senior leadership arrested, Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood movement has lost its ability to rally huge crowds to protest for his reinstatement.

    But the Islamists still organise weekly rallies.

    Meanwhile, attacks on security forces have spiked, even as the military conducts its largest operation in years to quell a radical Islamist insurgency in northern Sinai.

    One militant group in the peninsula, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, took responsibility for the failed assassination attempt against interior minister Mohamed Ibrahim and pledged to try again.

    It also vowed to target Colonel General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the army chief who overthrew Morsi in July and installed Mansour as president.

    Read more: Egypt extends state of emergency by two months - News - World - Voice of Russia American Edition
     
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    Islamist Insurgency is becoming a big pain the a$$. Good they have been kicked out of power.
     
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    I think its better send them to MARS
     
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    Yep. Hard labor it is best for them. Damn, wondering what length they can go to instil their islamic agenda which is clearly not democratic and justifiable.
     
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    The Obama Administration is currently deciding whether or not to continue foreign military aid to Egypt in response to the 3 July coup d'état and the subsequent crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood members.

    It has postponed the delivery of four F-16 fighter jets from Lockheed Martin, and the president’s top national security aides have recommended that hundreds of millions of dollars in assistance be stopped.

    The Voice of Russia’s Sean Nevins recently reviewed 916 defense-related contracts between the US and Egypt to assess how much money is being spent, which firms are making the most, and what is being sold. The results – culled from USAspending.gov, the Department of Defense, and the Defense Security Cooperation Agency – are below, along with an audio discussion between VOR host Crystal Park and Sean Nevins.
    Read more: EXPOSED: US weapons sales to Egypt 2010 ? 2013 (VOR Infographic) - News - World - Voice of Russia American Edition

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