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Egypt’s Interim President Hints at State of Emergency

Egypt’s Interim President Hints at State of Emergency

State media in Egypt reported Sunday that interim President Adly Mansour has transferred emergency powers to Prime Minister Hazem Al Beblawi, raising fears among many that a state of emergency could be near.

From CNN:

Egypt’s interim president has allowed for the prime minister to assume presidential powers in the case of a state of emergency — stoking fears of a violent crackdown on supporters of the recently ousted president.

It’s the latest power move in a country beset by deadly protests after President Mohamed Morsy was overthrown in a coup on July 3. Interim President Adly Mansour made the decision on the presidential powers Sunday, the state-run EGYnews website reported.

In Egypt, “state of emergency” is a loaded term. For almost 30 years, Egyptians were under a state of emergency during the rule of President Hosni Mubarak. The decree barred unauthorized assembly, restricted freedom of speech and allowed police to jail people indefinitely.

But a presidential aide tried to quell such concerns, according to Gulf News.

“There is a misunderstanding about this authorisation,” Ali Saleh, a constitutional advisor to the president said, according to state television. “Some people think that this authorisation means the imminent imposition of the state of emergency, which is not true. These powers are pertaining to administrative measures, taken to preserve the state security.”

The situation has grown even more tense in Egypt in recent days, as clashes between rival protest groups turned deadly over the weekend.  Security forces were said to have shot at pro-Morsi demonstrators, killing dozens.

Supporters of Morsi have continued to stage a sit-in in east Cairo, vowing to stay until the recently ousted president is released and takes office again. Morsi is being held over allegations of plotting with Hamas, including in attacks on jails in the 2011 uprising.

More protests are expected, as pro-Morsi groups have called for a march on security buildings on Monday and a million-man march on Tuesday.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton visited Cairo on Monday, where she encouraged officials to end the standoff with the Muslim Brotherhood, and urged “a fully inclusive transition… including the Muslim Brotherhood”.


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Muslim Brotherhood = insidious plague

    Uncle Samuel in reply to rekorb. | July 29, 2013 at 10:08 am

    insidious, aggressive, malignant plague.

      Uncle Samuel in reply to Uncle Samuel. | July 29, 2013 at 11:35 am

      Really, they are blood-thirsty, heartless murderers and rapists (males were also raped by these beasts in Tahrir Sq.)

      The despicable, vile Muslim Brotherhoodiez have been burning churches, looting businesses, kidnapping children, raping men, women and children, throat-slitting, murdering and torturing their way across Egypt.

      Picking on Christians, who are unarmed, non-violent is their favorite bullying target.

Uncle Samuel | July 29, 2013 at 10:06 am

Ashton, The Muslim Brotherhood does not play well with others.

The Muslim Brotherhood has been threatening a terrorist campaign, and has been following through.

From the Sandmonkey’s twitter feed:
A lot of people (especially non-Egyptians) are wondering : Why are people who stood against the Military and the Police forces, and decried their brutality previously, not doing the same now that the Pro-Morsi protesters are facing off against them? The main reason? Because while they were in power, the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists Condoned AND Supported brutality by the army & police against those same people.

This is what they’re up against.

Here’s a direct link to the video, with translation: the threats are for terrorism.

a fully inclusive transition… including the Muslim Brotherhood

I still don’t get why Europe’s politicians have such a hardon for terrorists.

Carol Herman | July 29, 2013 at 1:49 pm

Won’t happen.

The media is touting the muslim brotherhood. But it will be to no avail. Those with power in egypt know two things:



Dead people cuts into “problem #1” … which is too many mouths to feed. Not enough jobs. And, the tourism business went down the toilet. Happens.

Is there good news? Depends on how you look at it. It’s not as if european communities aren’t beset with immigrants who have no intention of respecting anybody else’s culture but their own.

Shrug if you want to.

Sympathy, however, can’t be generated by shrugging it off. Maybe, neighborhoods will just build better gated communities? But, then, what good does it do to own a passport that lets you travel, unimpeded (except for language barriers), though 27 countries.

While if you were in Europe you’d know Nigel Farage’s voice wasn’t a lone voice in the wilderness.

Farage said (out loud) that Rumproy (sp?) had the charisma of a wet dishrag. So, then, Catherine Ashton has even less. Maybe, we should call them the “evils of those with lesser chins?”

The ONLY a democracy can be successful in ANY country is to insist that it remain secular.

The practice of religion should be free but it also should be a personal thing, not part of the government makeup.

My 2¢ for the day…