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Posts Tagged ‘Egypt Parliament’

A storm brews in Cairo

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 10, 2012

Egypt’s new president, Muhammad Morsi, has been in office for just ten days but is already facing a stand-off with the army over the fate of the Islamist-dominated parliament, which the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) dissolved last month. This is the first major test for Egypt’s civilian presidency, whose powers the Mubarak-appointed military council is determined to limit.

Mr Morsi issued an executive order on Sunday reinstating the lower house of parliament, which the SCAF had disbanded after the Supreme Court ruled that provisions of the electoral law were unconstitutional. His call to reinstate the legislature reverses the SCAF’s order to dissolve it, but does not overturn the court’s ruling. He wants MPs to meet until a new constitution is ratified, after which new elections would be held.

The announcement surprised many of Egypt’s key political players. SCAF, the Supreme Court, and a host of political parties hastily convened late-night emergency meetings. Opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei tweeted that the decision to overrule the court was “turning Egypt from a government of law into a government of men.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Egypt Protest: Troops Use Brutal Force Against Women

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 18, 2011

CAIRO — Troops pulled women across the pavement by their hair, knocking off their Muslim headscarves. Young activists were kicked in the head until they lay motionless in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.

Unfazed by TV cameras catching every move, Egypt’s military took a dramatically heavier hand Saturday to crush protests against its rule in nearly 48 hours of continuous fighting in Egypt’s capital that has left more than 300 injured and nine dead, many of them shot to death.

The most sustained crackdown yet is likely a sign that the generals who took power after the February ouster of Hosni Mubarak are confident that the Egyptian public is on its side after two rounds of widely acclaimed parliament elections, that Islamist parties winning the vote will stay out of the fight while pro-democracy protesters become more isolated.

Still, the generals risk turning more Egyptians against them, especially from outrage over the abuse of women. Photos and video posted online showed troops pulling up the shirt of one woman protester in a conservative headscarf, leaving her half-naked as they dragged her in the street.

“Do they think this is manly?” Toqa Nosseir, a 19-year old student, said of the attacks on women. “Where is the dignity?”

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Egypt Military Leaders Dissolve Parliament, Suspend Constitution

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 13, 2011


Hopefully everything will be fine, but must be careful in the coming days.
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