August 26, 2019

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  • Maspero victims remembered

    BY RACHEL ADAMS Cairo Thousands marched in Cairo yesterday to commemorate last year’s Maspero massacre, when 27 mostly Coptic Christians were killed in the worst night of violence since Hosni Mubarak was ousted only months before. The memorial demonstration organised by the Maspero Youth Union (a Coptic group) was a mock funeral procession which began at Rod El Farag metro station in Shubra and ended at Maspero. “We haven’t forgotten them [the martyrs],” said Father Mathias Minkarious at the beginning of the march. “We have forgiven everyone but justice must be served, so we ask the presidency and the government…

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    Egypt ups IMF loan request to $4.8 bln

    BY AMIRA SALAH-AHMED Cairo: Egypt’s new government has officially requested a $4.8 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund, significantly higher than the original $3.2 billion on the table since July 2011. The five-year loan comes at an interest of 1.1 percent with a 39-month grace period, Prime Minister Hesham Qandil said Wednesday at a conference with IMF chief Christine Lagarde. “The loan should be finalized before the year’s end or sooner if possible,” Qandil said, “and our program will focus on the budget deficit, supporting investment and targeting subsidies to the poor.” “This is a homegrown program developed by…

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    Qandil Cabinet sworn in

    BY SAFAA ABDOUN AND SARAH EL SIRGANY Cairo: Following weeks of speculation, leaks and rumors, a new Cabinet was sworn in under the leadership of Prime Minister Hisham Qandil Thursday. Thirty-five ministers comprise the first government under President Mohamed Morsi, including some familiar faces and others criticized for being holdovers from the old regime. Retaining his post since 1991, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) has kept the defence portfolio despite talk in the past week of conflict between Morsi and SCAF over a proposal to replace him. The new Cabinet,…

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    Admin Court says no jurisdiction

    Cairo: The Administrative Court referred Thursday the case against the addendum to the constitutional decree to the Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC). The court said it has no jurisdiction to rule in the case. In the explanation of the verdict, published by official news portal egynews.net, the judge said the military council had the right to issue the addendum and was not obliged to subject it to a public referendum as the appeals requested. One of the articles being contested gives the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces the authority to appoint a new Constituent Assembly. A case challenging the formation…

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    Omar Suleiman dies in US hospital

    BY SAFAA ABDOUN Cairo: Egypt’s former intelligence chief Omar Suleiman passed away at the age of 76 in Cleveland Hospital in the United States while undergoing medical tests, state media reported. Suleiman briefly served as Egypt’s vice president during the 18-day uprising which toppled Hosni Mubarak. He was also in the running for the top post during the first post-Mubarak presidential election, but was later disqualified on a technicality. “He was fine. It came suddenly while he was having medical tests in Cleveland,” Suleiman’s aide, Hussein Kamal, told Reuters without specifying the cause of Suleiman’s death. The Egyptian Embassy in…

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    Delayed verdicts up tension

    BY SARAH EL SIRGANY Cairo: Tuesday was slated to be a field day in court — a series of cases scheduled for July 17 were set to determine the course of Egypt’s complex political scene. But by the day’s end, no final rulings were made, leaving the scene as frayed and uncertain as it has been for weeks, marked by wrangling between the judiciary, the presidency and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF). The Administrative Court considered several key cases: appeals to freeze President Mohamed Morsi’s decision to reinstate parliament; another one demanding the dissolution of the Shoura…

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    PA reconvenes for 15 minutes

    BY HEBA HESHAM Cairo: Within 15 minutes of convening a controversial parliamentary session, PA Speaker Saad El-Katatny adjourned following a decision to refer a Supreme Constitutional Court’s (SCC) ruling dissolving parliament to the Cassation Court for a final verdict on the status of the legislative body.The election law regulating last year’s parliamentary elections was deemed unconstitutional by the SCC last month and the military council dissolved the parliament accordingly. On Sunday, President Mohamed Morsi reversed the military decision and called on the parliament to reconvene until early elections within 60 days of the approval of the new constitution in a…

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    Morsi’s multiple oaths

    BY SARAH EL SIRGANY and AMIRA SALAH-AHMED Cairo: In his first speech as Egypt’s president, Mohamed Morsi said in a mildly confrontational tone, that the institutions elected by the people will resume their role, and that the “glorious” armed forces will go back to fulfilling their duty to protect the nation and its borders. The message was not lost on the crowd in attendance at the grand hall of Cairo University, which included head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, seated in the front row along with Military Chief of Staff Sami Anan, Speaker…

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    Ministerial decree overturned

    BY RANIA AL MALKY Cairo: An administrative court Tuesday suspended a justice ministry decree allowing officers, non-commissioned officers of military intelligence and military police to conduct judicial arrest of civilians. Decree No. 4991 for the year 2012, which was passed earlier this month, was challenged by five human rights organizations which described it as “worse than the state of emergency.” The decree would have allowed military officers to illegally arrest civilians and subject them to military trial for such vague crimes as “resisting the rulers” and “non-compliance with their orders” as well as “verbal abuse” directed at them. It also…

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    Morsi to announce Cabinet in days

    BY EGYPT MONOCLE Cairo: Tahrir Square erupted in celebration as the head of Egypt’s Presidential Election Committee (PEC) announced the victory of the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate Mohamed Morsi. PEC chief Farouk Sultan said that Morsi won 13,230,131 votes, accounting for 51.73 percent. His rival, the last Mubarak-era prime minister and military man Ahmed Shafik raked in 12,347,380 votes, which is 48.27 percent, in an election that saw 51 percent voter turnout, with over 26 million Egyptians showing up at the polls. During the press conference, Sultan detailed some of the main appeals filed by both candidates, and explained PEC’s decisions,…

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