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Bakkar hits out at FJP for not discussing Nour Party initiative

Bakkar hits out at FJP for not discussing Nour Party initiative | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Nader Bakkar, the assistant to the Nour Party chief for media affairs, criticized Freedom and Justice Party head Mohamed Saad al-Katatny Sunday for not discussing a Nour Party initiative to resolve Egypt's ongoing political stalemate during a meeting with National Salvation Front leaders Mohamed ElBaradei and Al-Sayed al-Badawy Saturday.

(...) Bakkar said, “I am astonished at Katatnys statements in which he said he did not discuss the Nour Partys initiative with ElBaradei.'

Katatny said in a Facebook statement that he discussed the political stalemate with both leaders but did not tackle the Nour Party initiative.

The Nour Party, Egypt's second largest party after the FJP, had proposed that President Mohamed Morsy and the opposition form a national consensus government and discuss the most controversial political issues.

 

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ElBaradei: Egypt 'is a failed state' (CNN Video)

Becky Anderson talks to Mohamed ElBaradei, Egyptian opposition politician, about Morsy, the IMF and the country's future.
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Egypt’s top prosecutor orders investigation in ElBaradei accusation

Egypt’s top prosecutor orders investigation in ElBaradei accusation | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egypt’s attorney general Talaat Ibrahim has ordered an investigation into an allegation filed against prominent opposition figure Mohamed El Baradei.

Lawyer and member of the upper house Mamdouh Ismail had accused ElBaradei of inciting recent violence by the presidential palace.

In his complaint, Ismail accused the Nobel Laureate of breaching an Azhar agreement signed by different political forces that renounces violence.

 

“Writing on wall: violence and chaos will continue until (President Mohamed) Morsi and company listen to people’s demands: new government, democratic constitution, independent judiciary,” the former director of the International Atomic Energy Agency had posted on his Twitter account.

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News Analysis: Doubts cast over fate of Egypt's new opposition group

The launch of a new Egyptian opposition group, National Conscience Front (NCF), triggered a debate among analysts as some see the newborn front as adding to the opposition's diversity while others predict it to be snubbed by the well-established opposition National Salvation Front (NSF).

Founders of the National Conscience Front are 30 prominent figures including some affiliated to Islamic entities. Mohamed al- Beltagy, a leading figure of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) which President Mohamed Morsi hails from, was at the inauguration of the new front on Saturday.

Also present at the ceremony were Islamic leaders of the Building and Development Party and the Wassat Party as well as Ayman Nour, head of Ghad al-Thawra Party. (...)

 

Political expert with al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies Saed Lawendy said in an interview with Xinhua that the NCF founders intended to ease the acrimony of the opposition represented by the NSF, who refused invitation to a dialogue with the president.

"The new front made use of the decline in the NSF's popularity to establish itself," said Lawendy, pointing out that the Egyptian people have become increasingly disenchanted with the NSF for its role in stirring up instability in the country and rejecting the president's dialogue call.

He further said that "All the founders of the new front accepted the dialogue invitation, which means that this new group have fewer extremists than the NSF."

 

While some analysts considered the NCF represents "fake" opposition as most of its members are Islamists, Lawendy argued in the new group's defense.

 

"It is a big mistake that we consider all Islamists support the current regime that is dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood. The Salafists' Nour Party has differences with the MB's Freedom and Justice Party and the Wassat Party criticizes the current regime in many aspects," Lawendy said, advising the new front to include civilian and liberal figures in order to win support from the protesters in the streets.

 

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Egyptian Islamic Jihad mufti supports killing of opposition members

Egyptian Islamic Jihad mufti supports killing of opposition members | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Sheikh Osama Qassem, a prominent Egyptian Islamic Jihad member, has said that violence is an option to defend President Mohamed Morsy, while also supporting a hardline cleric's recent fatwa allowing the assassinations of NSF members.

Qassem said in an interview with Al-Masry Al-Youm published on Saturday that Islamists would carry weapons to defend Morsy if "saboteurs" continued to attack state establishments.

Qassem is considered the mufti for the once violent Egyptian Islamic Jihad, and spent 25 years in prison after being accused of assassinating the late president Anwar Sadat. (Egypt independent)

 

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Rape, death threats and fatwas: Egypt opposition in crosshairs

Rape, death threats and fatwas: Egypt opposition in crosshairs | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Hard-line Egyptian clerics have called for the assassination of opposition leaders and claimed sexual assaults were justified against women protesters. Security has been bolstered around the homes of opposition members following the death threats.

On Friday, opposition leader Hamdeen Sabahy said that death threats against him or other members of the opposition umbrella group, the National Salvation Front (NSF), would not deter him or his supporters from peaceful protests.

“Our faith in the revolution kills any threats,” Sabahy said on his official Twitter account on Friday.

 

Egypt was braced for wide-scale protests on Friday, fueled by the recent death threats and other statements advocating violence against anti-government demonstrators.

 

Protesters are expected to march to central Cairo's Tahrir Square and the presidential palace, both of which were the scene of violent clashes between police and demonstrators last week.

 

Last week, hard-line Salafi Muslim cleric Mahmoud Shaaban, issued a de facto fatwa saying leaders of the main opposition coalition, the National Salvation Front, saying they would be condemned to death under Islamic law. (...)

 

Another cleric, Wagdi Ghoneim, mirrored Shaaban’s sentiments by calling on supporters to "kill the thugs, criminals, and thieves who burn the country."

"Strike with an iron fist. Otherwise, the country will be lost at your hand and they'll say it is your fault,” he said. Ghoneim warned that if Morsi's government does not act, citizens will.

Death, Crucifixion or the amputation of limbs, were all cited by the clerics as punishments under Sharia law for those who attempted to overthrow their ruler.

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‘They are going to get raped’
Further adding fuel to the fire, a third cleric justified rampant, mob fueled sexual assaults against women protesters in Tahrir Square.

"They are going there to get raped," cleric Ahmed Mohammed Abdullah said, characterizing the woman as “devils” who “speak with no femininity, no morals, no fear…” He further cast aspersion on opposition calls to make sexual assault against women a "red line" that must not be crossed.

"Does that apply to these naked women?" he said. "Nine out of 10 of them are Crusaders (Christians) and the rest are … widows with no one to rein them in."

 

He further implored them to “Learn from Muslim women, be Muslims."

 

 

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Egypte: des manifestants convergent vers la place Tahrir au Caire

Egypte: des manifestants convergent vers la place Tahrir au Caire | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Des manifestants ont commencé vendredi à converger vers la place Tahrir au Caire pour un rassemblement convoqué par l'opposition après un édit religieux (fatwa) appelant au meurtre des figures de l'opposition.

Des manifestations contre le président islamiste Mohamed Morsi sont également prévues devant le palais présidentiel au Caire et dans plusieurs des 27 provinces d'Egypte.

 

Trente-huit formations de l'opposition ont appelé aux rassemblements, réclamant un gouvernement d'union nationale, des amendements à la Constitution rédigée par une commission dominée par les islamistes, et des garanties pour préserver l'indépendance du pouvoir judiciaire.

 

Plus: http://www.lepoint.fr/monde/egypte-des-manifestants-convergent-vers-la-place-tahrir-au-caire-08-02-2013-1625335_24.php

 

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Liberals, Salafists, politicians condemn death threats against NSF leaders

Mahmoud Shaaban, an Al-Azhar University professor who also hosts a television show on the Islamic satellite Al-Hafez channel, made the statements, considered a religious fatwa, last week directly targeted at National Salvation Front (NSF) leaders Mohamed ElBaradei and Hamdeen Sabbahi, granting a green light for their killing.

 

Another Islamic, ultraconservative cleric, Wagdi Ghoneim, echoed Shaaban's statements by calling on all Muslims to "kill the thugs, criminals, and thieves who burn the country."

 

In response, ElBaradei on his official Twitter account Wednesday criticised the government for its silence over the statements made against him.

 

On Thursday afternoon, however, Prime Minister Hesham Qandil expressed his rejection of such "extreme" statements, stating that such statements directly incite murder and raise dissent and unrest in the country.

 

Qandil added that the Cabinet is taking the necessary legal procedures to take action against anyone who issues or promotes incentives to use violence against opponents. (Ahram Online, via Egypt.com)

 

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Égypte: Sécurité renforcée pour des opposants menacés de mort

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Le gouvernement égyptien a renforcé la sécurité devant le domicile de plusieurs dirigeants de l'opposition libérale à la suite de menaces de mort lancées par un prédicateur salafiste et le meurtre en Tunisie de l'opposant laïque Chokri Belaïd.

Le prix Nobel de la paix Mohamed ElBaradei avait dénoncé mercredi l'inaction des autorités après la «fatwa» lancée par un prêcheur radical contre les chefs de file de l'opposition qui ont appelé à manifester contre le président Mohamed Morsi, issu des Frères musulmans. (Reuters, via 20 minutes)

 

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Criticism Against Egypt's Opposition Coalition Grow (émission)

Criticism Against Egypt's Opposition Coalition Grow (émission) | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Critics say Egypt's umbrellas opposition group, the National Salvation Front, or NSF, is slowly becoming a national joke. Protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square say the opposition leadership is trying to manipulate popular anger in order to gain power.

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Égypte • Une opposition minoritaire et trop bruyante

Égypte • Une opposition minoritaire et trop bruyante | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Pour ce qui est de l'Egypte aujourd'hui, le Front de salut national a trois principales composantes : premièrement, Amr Moussa [l'ancien ministre des Affaires étrangères de Moubarak] représente l'ancien Parti national démocrate [PND, le parti au pouvoir sous Hosni Moubarak], deuxièmement, Hamdine Sabbahi les adeptes du défunt régime nassérien et troisièmement, Mohamed Al-Baradeï les libéraux laïcs. Autour de ces trois figures emblématiques se sont rassemblés des supporteurs, des journalistes et des jeunes qui croient dans leurs principes.

Tout ce beau monde savait parfaitement que les élections allaient avoir lieu en Egypte et qu'elles allaient être favorables aux islamistes. Exactement comme en Algérie en 1991 ou en Palestine en 2006. [En effet, lors des élections de fin 2011, les Frères musulmans allaient rafler près de la moitié des sièges au Parlement, dissout depuis]. Les nassériens n'y ont pas gagné un seul siège. Voilà pour ce qui est de la popularité du courant représenté par Hamdine Sabbahi. L'ancien PND évidemment pareil, zéro sièges. Quant aux libéraux, ils ont péniblement atteint cinq députés.

Depuis, ils n'ont pas cessé de se lamenter du pouvoir des Frères musulmans. Quand on leur objecte que la solution réside dans les urnes, ils disent qu'ils vont boycotter les prochaines élections. A les entendre, elles sont truquées par les Frères musulmans, qui exploitent l'ignorance de la population et distribuent du sucre et de huile afin d'obtenir des voix. (Hicham Abdelsabour/Courrier international)


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Francoise Autier's comment, February 7, 2013 5:14 AM
des incapables qui ne pensent qu a eux au lieu de penser au pays !!!! pauvre egypte ..........
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Egypte : Morsi poussé vers la sortie

Egypte : Morsi poussé vers la sortie | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Une semaine après l’anniversaire de la révolution, l’Egypte reste encore dans un état très fragile. La chute de Hosni Moubarak tant prônée par les Egyptiens n’a, semble-t-il, pas porté ses fruits. Face à la violence, l’opposition réclame le départ de Morsi.

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L’opposition demande l’ouverture d’une enquête sur les crimes commis par les forces de l’ordre et réclame que Mohamed Morsi et son ministre de l’intérieur, Mohamed Ibrahim, soient poursuivis en justice.

Outre une situation politique délétère, l’opposition souligne aussi une situation économique préoccupante. En effet, le taux de chômage en Egypte avoisine les 13%. Selon radio-canada.ca, les réserves actuelles de devises étrangères ont baissé de moitié depuis le soulèvement de 2011. Elles s’élèveraient présentement à 15 millions de dollars. Le tourisme, principale activé génératrice de revenus, est en déclin à cause de l’instabilité politique qui fait fuir les visiteurs.

En refusant de répondre à l’appel de Mohamed Morsi pour un dialogue national, l’opposition consolide sa position de faire front au gouvernement. La situation politique et économique reste très préoccupante. Mohamed Morsi a du mal à trouver la voie et risque de payer cash.

 

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Egypt opposition in muddle over call to oust Mursi

Egypt opposition in muddle over call to oust Mursi | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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(Reuters, via Aswat Masriya) - Egypt's main opposition alliance has got itself into a muddle by appearing to endorse a call for the overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, then backing away.

"The NSF will fully align to the demands of the Egyptian people calling to topple the regime of tyranny and domination of the Muslim Brotherhood," a statement by the National Salvation Front issued late on Saturday said.

After a week of violence between protesters and the security forces in which 59 people have died, it called for Mursi, his interior minister and "all his partners in those crimes" to be investigated and put on trial for "killings, torture and illegal detentions".

"The NSF supports all forms of peaceful protest to achieve these demands, and calls for the Egyptians to rally peacefully in all the streets of Egypt in defense of Egyptian dignity."

The Front includes liberal politicians such as former U.N. nuclear watchdog Mohamed ElBaradei and former Arab League chief Amr Moussa, who last week signed a statement mediated by the country's leading Muslim scholar renouncing violence and calling for a national dialogue.

However, the NSF's spokesman, Khaled Daoud, said on Monday the coalition of liberal, social democratic and leftist parties was not demanding the removal of Egypt's first democratically elected president just seven months after he took office.

"We are not calling for the overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi right now. We believe he is elected but that doesn't give him the right to change all the rules of the game," Daoud told Reuters.

Ahmed Kamal, a spokesman for Moussa's Congress Party, said the wording had been chosen carefully to warn against "any violent practices and new dictatorship" without questioning Mursi's democratic legitimacy.

The NSF said it would not engage in dialogue until what it called the bloodbath had stopped, those responsible were tried, and the opposition's previously stated demands were met.

Those demands include forming a national unity government, which Mursi has rejected before parliamentary elections due in April, and revising a controversial Islamist-leaning constitution adopted last December.

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Sunday’s papers: Iran goes too public

Sunday’s papers: Iran goes too public | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

“Your letter is rejected” is the headline of the state-owned Al-Gomhurriya newspaper in response to the letter that Iranian Supreme Guide Ali Khamenei sent to President Mohamed Morsy inviting Egypt to follow the Iranian model. With widespread fear in Egyptian society of potential Iranian influence over Egypts government that was heightened by Morsys recent visit to Iran, the big red letters used in the headline seem about right. (...)

 

The official response to the letter in the paper came from Presidential Spokesperson Yasser Ali, who said that Egypt would only follow its own model, derived from popular will. The paper also publishes rejections from the Muslim Brotherhood, opposition members and Islamic scholars.

 

In reaction to the letter, the paper publishes rejections from the Muslim Brotherhood, the opposition and Islamic scholars.

 

The presidents rapid rejection of the letter seems necessary, as privately owned Al-Shorouk newspaper writes that Western diplomats foresee a bleak future for Egypt, ultimately predicting that the country may reach out to Iran for help.

 

Four anonymous Western diplomats told the paper that Egypts economic situation is deteriorating to a crisis point. Al-Shorouk derives four stages from the diplomats analysis, which start with a hunger uprising, followed weakened Egyptian borders which lead to an increase in weapons smuggling before Egypt finally reaches out to Iran for economic support.

 

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Opposition forces call for mass demo at Qubba Palace on Friday

Opposition forces call for mass demo at Qubba Palace on Friday | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Thirty-eight political groups have called for a mass demonstration against President Mohamed Morsy in front of his new offices in Qubba Palace on Friday.

Participating groups include the Alliance of Revolutionary Forces, the Free Front for Peaceful Change, the Dostour Party, the Second Egyptian Revolution of Anger Movement, the Maspero Youth Union and the Revolutionary Youth Union.

In a statement issued on Thursday, the movements said four marches would head to the Qubba Palace, where Morsy has been working to avoid unrest in front of the Ettehadiya Presidential Palace. The marches would start from Sheikh Keshk Mosque in the Hada’eq al-Qubba district, Nour Mosque in Abbasseya, Al-Matarawy Mosque in Matareyya and Al-Alf Maskan Square in Gesr al-Suez.

The statement said the mass protest, called “Checkmate,” is a response to Morsy’s failure to react to weeks of continuous protests across the country, in which hundreds were killed, injured, detained, beaten and tortured. Morsy relied on the brutality of the security forces to suppress the people’s angers instead of responding to their demands, the statement claimed. (Egypt independent)

 

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In Morsi’s Egypt, violence and suspicion

In Morsi’s Egypt, violence and suspicion | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egypt’s liberal activists say they are haunted by the recent assassination of a prominent opposition figure in nearby Tunisia — and are worried a similar slaying could happen here, too.

Police have increased security around the homes of liberal political figures, after hardline clerics publicly declared their murders justifiable under their interpretation of Islamic law last week.

Young secular activists say they also believe they are targeted by government security forces for detention, torture, and even assassination as weeks of violent protests have challenged the rule of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. (...)

 

Security forces in both countries, meanwhile, continue to routinely torture political activists, and have failed to maintain public order in the wake of the two nations’ 2011 uprisings.

 

“It can happen anywhere,” Cairo-based writer and political analyst Hisham Kassem said about the possibility of political killings. “Anyone can take the initiative and choose to attack. This is a time of unrest and anything can happen.” (....)

 

Egypt’s revolutionary youth say they cannot prove that the Brotherhood, which also commands the upper house of parliament, has initiated the campaign of detentions and extrajudicial kidnappings they say are plaguing their ranks.(...)

 

“[The Brotherhood] is allowing the interior ministry to act the same way it did during Mubarak and worse,” said Amal Sharaf, a founding member of the April 6 Movement, whose 2008 protests laid the foundations for the uprising three years later. “Morsi came out and declared that he would deal with ‘non-peaceful’ protesters aggressively and he is doing that. Nothing has changed — it’s all becoming worse.”

 

 

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Zomor: Opposition invited to Friday protests denouncing violence

Zomor: Opposition invited to Friday protests denouncing violence | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Opposition forces are invited to attend an Islamist-led mass protest on Friday that would call for an end to political violence, Jamaa al-Islamiya leader Tarek al-Zomor said in a Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr interview Tuesday.

The invitation came as at least 58 have been killed and dozens injured in violence between security forces and protesters against President Mohamed Morsy’s rule since the second anniversary of the January 2011 revolution.
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Islamists are representing the Egyptian nation through the protest, Zomor said, stressing that the Egyptian revolution has to maintain its peaceful course.

Zomor, who had been sentenced to life in prison for involvement in the 1981 assassination of former President Anwar al-Sadat, voiced his and his party’s strong rejection of a recent fatwa by Islamic preacher Mahmoud Shaaban which permitted the killing of President Mohamed Morsy's political opponents.

The fatwa sparked a major outcry.

 

“It is totally unacceptable to rely on killing as means for expression inside the Egyptian society, and political opponents are not infidels,” Zomor said

 

 

More on: http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/zomor-opposition-invited-friday-protests-denouncing-violence

 

 

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Beltagy: Opposition Rejects Rules of Democracy

Urging more diverse patriotic participation in local and national government, Muslim Brotherhood leader Beltagy hopes all parties would help push the wheel of production and progress throughout the homeland.

Dr. Mohamed Beltagy, Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) Secretary in Cairo, affirmed that there was, at a certain point in the past, an attempt by the military council (SCAF) to share ruling power with Egypt’s new president, pointing that this is what the so-called National Salvation Front (NSF) seeks by demanding the appointment of a new Prime Minister from the opposition with powers set in the Constitution as equivalent to those of the President.


Beltagy urged widening of the circle of national partnership in both the Cabinet and local councils as well as all other positions of power in Egypt, in the hope that this extended partnership helps push Egypt forward.


"I welcome application of all international standards of supervision and control to ensure the integrity of parliamentary elections, with safeguards in place to guarantee the success of so doing.


"The political arena is now divided between two parties – the first accepts democracy and the people as the ultimate arbitrator, through the ballot box, while the other rejects the elected president, parliament, constitution and all the rules of the democratic electoral process."


Dr. Beltagy stressed that many of those who have signed Al-Azhar document to renounce violence called their supporters that same evening to descend onto Itehadia Presidential Palace to ‘topple the President’. Beltagy further demanded that there should be a national conscience front comprising figures from across the political spectrum to correct the path of the national movement.


"It was agreed a committee would set controls for national dialogue, then the NSF withdrew."


Dr. Beltagy added: "Certainly, there is no problem in amending articles of the election law.


"Opposition parties have a real opportunity to achieve their demands, if they win a majority in the next House of Representatives."

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ÉGYPTE : "Les manifestants du vendredi défient les fatwas de la mort"

ÉGYPTE : "Les manifestants du vendredi défient les fatwas de la mort" | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

"Les manifestants se rassemblent aujourd'hui sur la place Tahrir et à proximité de la présidence pour demander la chute du régime ", écrit le quotidien de centre gauche en une. "Ils défient les fatwas salafistes qui appellent à verser le sang de Mohamed Al-Baradeï, Hamdine Sabahi et d'Amr Moussades", les chefs du Front du salut national opposés aux Frères musulmans. "D'un autre côté, les black blocks [groupes armés de l'opposition radicale] annoncent qu'ils auront recours à la violence si la police devait faire de même".

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Égypte : protection renforcée des leaders de l'opposition

Égypte : protection renforcée des leaders de l'opposition | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Une «fatwa» lancé par un prêcheur radical suscite l'indignation en Égypte et pousse les autorités à prendre des mesures pour préserver la sécurité des principales figures de l'opposition.En Égypte, la vigilance est de mise. Refroidies par l'assassinat, en Tunisie, du dissident laïque Chokri Belaïd, et alertées par des menaces de mort à leur encontre, plusieurs figures de l'opposition libérale ont finalement obtenu des autorités un dispositif de sécurité renforcée.

Mercredi, Mohammed ElBaradei, un des leaders du Front National du Salut - la principale coalition de l'opposition - avait dénoncé l'apathie du gouvernement après une «fatwa» particulièrement virulente lancée par Mahmoud Chaabane, un prêcheur radical.

Dans un extrait d'une émission de la chaîne religieuse Al Hafez, retransmise sur YouTube, il estimait que les dirigeants du FNS méritaient d'être condamnés à mort au nom de la «charia» pour avoir appelé à manifester contre le président Mohammed Morsi, issu des Frères Musulmans. Il y accusait explicitement Mohammed ElBaradei et l'ancien candidat à la présidentielle, Hamdine Sabahi d'être prêts à «mettre le feu à l'Égypte» pour arriver au pouvoir - en référence aux violences qui ont éclaté autour du deuxième anniversaire de la révolution contre Hosni Moubarak, le 25 janvier. Plus: http://www.lefigaro.fr/international/2013/02/08/01003-20130208ARTFIG00386-egypte-protection-renforcee-des-leaders-de-l-opposition.php
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Can Egypt’s Elite Plug Its Growing Credibility Gap

Can Egypt’s Elite Plug Its Growing Credibility Gap | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
In the past, a growing gap between what Egypt’s governing elites delivered and the population’s legitimate aspirations would have been addressed by imposing further repression. The new Egypt will not allow this. The empowerment of ordinary Egyptians has fundamentally changed things. Egypt’s political elites do not have unlimited time, and current economic trends are making the need to act increasingly urgent. 

Facing a turbulent political situation and recurrent street protests, Egypt’s political elite would be well advised to focus on the economic implications of the current turmoil, whether they are in government or in opposition. Doing so would lead them to recognize seven compelling reasons why a more collaborative approach to solving Egypt’s problems is in the country’s collective interest, as well as in their own individual interests.

 

First, if the social and political disorder persists, Egypt’s economy will end up with crippling inflation, severe balance-of-payments problems, and a budgetary crisis. The risk of a vicious, self-reinforcing downward spiral would rise sharply.

 

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Fundamentalist Aboud al-Zomor condemns calls to kill opposition

Fundamentalist Aboud al-Zomor condemns calls to kill opposition | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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Senior member of the hardline Islamist movement, al-Gamaa al-Islamiya, Aboud al-Zomor, has condemned calls to assassinate opposition figures.

A Muslim cleric had called for the death of prominent members of Egypt's main opposition coalition sparking fury across the already unstable country.

Zomor told Aswat Masriya on Wednesday that resorting to violence in dealing with political rivals is unacceptable and only shows weakness in position.

Released only after Hosni Mubarak's ouster, the fundamentalist was jailed for 30 years for his involvement in plotting the assassination of Egypt's former President Anwar al-Sadat in 1980.

Zomor insisted that with the 2011 uprising making it possible for all factions to engage in political activity, all interactions must be done through peaceful means. He called on opposition forces to express themselves peacefully, condemning blocking roads and burning down public buildings, saying, "we bear the expenses of the losses."

The fundamentalist denied that he ever threatened to use violence against the peaceful protesters gathered in front of the presidential palace, arguing however sometimes the protests include bandits who attack protesters and public properties.

(Aswat Masriya) More : http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=cf2b6dd1-c559-4bee-bc70-b2149bab0604
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Egypt's Brotherhood denounces call to kill opposition figures

Egypt's Brotherhood denounces call to kill opposition figures | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood condemned calls to allow or incite the killing of anyone after a Muslim cleric said that prominent opposition figures should be sentenced to death. 

Brotherhood spokesman Mahmoud Ghozlan said in a statement on Wednesday that the Islamist group rejects all calls for violence. (Aswat Masriya)

 

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Egypte : le Web, un nouvel outil pour l'opposition?

Egypte : le Web, un nouvel outil pour l'opposition? | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Par Alexandre Buccianti/RFI

En Egypte, La Toile continue à vibrer après le séisme provoqué par le spectacle d’un manifestant déshabillé et sauvagement battu par la police aux abords du palais présidentiel. Si les télés privées continuent à repasser les images plusieurs fois par jour, elles sont disponibles sur internet en permanence. La vidéo a fait le buzzsur la Toile à tel point que l’on peut désormais se demander si internet joue-t-il aujourd’hui le rôle que l’opposition n’arrive pas à jouer à cause de ses hésitations et de ses divisions ?

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Le Net serait-il l’insaisissable et vrai « chef » de l’opposition au pouvoir des Frères musulmans ? Exemple : les campagnes les plus féroces contre le couvre-feu décrété par le président Morsi sont du fait d’internet.

Un couvre-feu que personne n’a respecté y compris l’armée sensée l’imposer. On a pu voir surYoutube un match de foot entre manifestants et militaires. Aujourd’hui, le président Morsi ne peut plus faire un geste ou prononcer une parole sans être tourné en dérision sur le Net. Et quand il s’agit de manifester, on lance l’appel sur Facebook et l’on donne les directives surTwitter. Les chefs des partis laïcs, même si on les met à la tête de cortèges sont en réalité guidés par les militants. Youtube diffuse enfin les morceaux choisis : quand les manifestants bravent les forces de l’ordre ou quand ils sont battus.

Les brigades du Net

Pour répliquer à cette nouvelle opposition, les Frères musulmans ont aussi investi la toile. Il y a les brigades islamiques du Net. Des milliers de jeunes Frères musulmans qui surveillent en permanence la Toile. Publiez un dessin se moquant des Frères musulmans sur Facebook ou critiquez la confrérie sur Twitter et vous aurez rapidement un internaute surgi de nulle part qui vous attaque. Certains traitent même votre mère « de dame de petite vertu ».

 

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Egyptian opposition says police tortured activist to death - World - CBC News

Egyptian opposition says police tortured activist to death - World - CBC News | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

An Egyptian opposition party on Monday claimed police tortured one of its members to death, electrocuting him and beating him repeatedly on the head — the latest case alleging police brutality in a crackdown on anti-government protesters.

Mohammed el-Gindy, a 28-year-old activist, died of his wounds early Monday at a Cairo hospital after he was "tortured to death," the Egyptian Popular Current party said in a statement.

The Interior Ministry had no immediate comment.

El-Gindy went missing for several days after protesting on Jan. 27 in Cairo's Tahrir Square. The protesters are opposed to Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi's policies and are pressing him to amend the constitution, which was drafted by a panel dominated by Islamists and approved in a public referendum last year.

Party spokeswoman Mona Amer said she saw el-Gindy's body and that it carried marks of torture. She said he was electrocuted, had broken ribs and a "cord appeared to have been wrapped around his neck." A medical report cited brain hemorrhage as cause of death.

Party members were organizing a funeral for el-Gindy and Mohammed Saad, a 20-year-old protester, who also died of his wounds sustained during clashes with security forces on Friday.

More than 60 people have died in recent protests across Egypt that began on Jan. 24, the eve of the second anniversary of the start of the uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

Beating caught on video

The deaths of the two activists come days after a video surfaced showing riot police beating and dragging naked a man during Friday clashes near Egypt's presidential palace. The man, Hamada Saber, initially denied police abuse and said protesters undressed him. But later he changed his account of what happened, saying he lied to avoid more problems.

Egypt promises inquiry into police attack on naked protester

The beating was caught on camera by The Associated Press, and the video was broadcast live on Egyptian television late Friday as protests raged in the streets outside the presidential palace. The AP video showed police trying to bundle the naked man into a police van after beating him.

The beating prompted a rare statement of regret from the Interior Ministry, which promised to investigate the attack. The president's office said it was pained by the images and called the assault "shocking."

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