» 08/08/2013, 00.00
Egypt PM issues ultimatum, telling Muslim Brotherhood to leave protest camps
Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi tells Muslim Brotherhood protesters "to quickly leave, and return to their homes and work, without being chased." Islamists are in the streets to protest Mohammed Morsi's arrest. After their diplomatic mediation fails, Western diplomats leave a country in a dangerous political deadlock where the Brotherhood and the Armed Forces continue their tug of war.
Army slowing reforms to sink revolution
The economic crisis is killing the ideals of the Arab spring. The military are against democracy, and refuse to hand over former regime officials to the justice system. More than US$ 9.5 billion in aid are still lying unused in state coffers. Sources tell AsiaNews that they fear the rise of a theocratic regime with the tacit agreement of Western nations.
As military ultimatum expires, millions of Egyptians pour into the streets
Soldiers take up position at the headquarters of national TV. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces holds talks with government delegates and protesters, boycotted for the time being by the Muslim Brotherhood. Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya abandons the president.
For Egyptian activist, everyone will be in the streets tomorrow for "a non-violent country'
Mina Magdy, a young man from the Maspero Youth Union, told AsiaNews that "people will embrace with enthusiasm General al-Sisi's appeal to demonstrate against fundamentalism." For him, "Tomorrow, the streets of Cairo will see protests for a free country." At the same time, as the Brotherhood accuses the generals of pushing the country towards civil war, warrants are issued for the arrest nine Brotherhood officials for inciting violence. Meanwhile, the US suspends delivery of weapons to Egypt.
Thousands of Islamists in the streets against the Supreme Court held hostage by the military
The Court annulled the presidential decree to restore the parliament last night. For Islamists the decision is political and has nothing to do with respect for the Constitution. The majority of judges linked to former Mubarak regime.
With al-Sisi seemingly ready to run, Egypt's presidential elections set for April
Interim President Adly Mansour made the announcement yesterday. Presidential decree changes the election schedule decided by political parties after the fall of Mohammed Morsi, whereby parliamentary elections would come before the presidential poll. For critics, the move favours General al-Sisi and a government loyal to him.
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