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Egypt, in gesture to opponents, eyes constitution changes

Egypt, in gesture to opponents, eyes constitution changes | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

 Egypt's Islamist-led government has asked independent legal experts to propose amendments to the new constitution, the state news agency MENA said on Tuesday, signaling that it may be heeding concerns of the liberal and leftist opposition.

Members of Egypt's main opposition bloc, the National Salvation Front (NSF), walked out of the drafting of the constitution last year in protest at what they saw as its Islamist slant, and have called for changes to enshrine more freedoms and rights, notably for religious minorities and women.

Eight people have been killed and many others injured in the last four days in one of the worst outbreaks of sectarian violence between Muslims and Christians since the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

MENA said Prime Minister Hisham Kandil had assigned a committee of scholars to review 10 to 15 articles of the disputed charter, which was rushed through parliament in December over opposition protests, and passed in a referendum.

Mohamed ElBaradei, a senior NSF leader, has spearheaded a campaign for amendments, and called his grouping the Constitution Party to underline the importance of the document.

 

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Egypt's cabinet condemns violent clashes at Brotherhood Offices

Egypt's cabinet condemns violent clashes at Brotherhood Offices | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egypt's cabinet spokesperson has condemned the violent protests that took place at several Muslim Brotherhood offices on Friday.

 

The spokesperson called on political forces in a statement issued on Saturday, to "remove the political cover" off those who carry out violent attacks "as these actions are not aimed at the country's interest, but rather to achieve goals that would undermine the country's security."

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Shura Council MPs blame Qandil Cabinet for fuel shortage

Shura Council MPs blame Qandil Cabinet for fuel shortage | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Shura Council MPs slammed Prime Minister Hesham Qandil and his Cabinet over diesel fuel shortages and lackluster Sinai development during Tuesday’s session.

Liberal Wafd Party MP Mohamed Hanafy demanded Qandil and the petroleum minister be called before the council for not doing enough to avert the fuel crisis.

He also said Qandil has no charisma.

But others said a charming personality was not what the country needs to move forward.

“Charisma would not solve the problem,” responded council speaker Ahmed Fahmy, adding that he plans to summon Qandil and any necessary ministers.

 

Al-Masry Al-Youm / Egypt independent

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Statements Conflict Over Fate Of Egypt's Hisham Qandil Govt

Statements Conflict Over Fate Of Egypt's Hisham Qandil Govt | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Recent statements issued by the presidency, government and Ghad Al-Thawra Party head Ayman Nour have conflicted as to whether or not Egypt's current cabinet would be replaced – a longstanding opposition demand – in the short-term future.

Nour, who has recently played the role of mediator between the presidency and the opposition National Salvation Front (NSF) umbrella group, said on Tuesday that he expected Egypt's current political impasse to be resolved "within days," going on to voice expectations that the current government of Prime Minister Hisham Qandil would be replaced imminently.

On Sunday, a presidential source was quoted as saying that President Mohamed Morsi "doesn't mind" the appointment of a new cabinet, as long as it "enjoyed consensus" and received guarantees from the opposition that Egypt's turbulent political situation would stabilise once new ministers were sworn into office.

However, cabinet spokesman Alaa El-Hadidi on Tuesday stated that the dismissal – or even reshuffle – of the Qandil government was "not on the table," asserting that the president was a "major supporter" of the current cabinet.

Egypt has suffered political deadlock since the second anniversary of the 25 January 2011 revolution, which was followed by a series of violent protests and clashes throughout the country.

The NSF, for its part, has vowed to boycott upcoming parliamentary polls – along with all talks with the presidency – until Morsi meets a raft of preconditions. These include the replacement of the government, the dismissal of the Morsi-appointed prosecutor-general, and the launch of credible investigations into recent political violence..

 

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Sources: Morsy considering replacing Qandil

Sources: Morsy considering replacing Qandil | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Al-Masry Al-Youm 

The president is looking for a successor to Prime Minister Hesham Qandil, considering initiatives from the Wasat and Nour parties recommending a Cabinet reshuffle and a national consensus government, presidential sources said.

A Muslim Brotherhood source said Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim and Information Minister Salah Abdel Maqsoud would be dismissed, while Local Development Minister Mohamed Ali Beshr and Youth Minister Osama Yassin would be kept.

Karem Radwan of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party said the party does not mind a Cabinet reshuffle as long as the legitimate president approves of it. He also praised the development minister for doing a good job in limited amount of time.

Tarek al-Malt of the moderate Islamist Wasat Party said the initiative suggests three people who have political groups’ approval for the president to choose from, adding that the part is contacting groups such as the opposition’s National Salvation Front and youth coalitions.

Mohamed Mansour of the Salafi Nour Party said Qandil’s government proved to be incapable of doing its job.

A Muslim Brotherhood source said Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim and Information Minister Salah Abdel Maqsoud would be dismissed, while Local Development Minister Mohamed Ali Beshr and Youth Minister Osama Yassin would be kept.

Qandil was sworn in 2 August after the dismissal of interim Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri.

Presidential adviser Pakinam al-Sharqawy had said yesterday that Morsy was not considering replacing Qandil. Morsy and his aides have regularly dismissed the idea of a Cabinet reshuffle, saying Qandil would keep his position until parliamentary elections.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm


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Qandil declines football match invitation, fearing assault by crowd

Qandil declines football match invitation, fearing assault by crowd | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Prime Minister Hesham Qandil declined to attend the CAF Super Cup match between Ahly club, winner of the African Champions League, and the Congolese Leopards Club, winner of the African Union Cup, out of fear crowds would assault or chant against him, a security source said.

The match is slated for Saturday at the Borg al-Arab Stadium in Alexandria, and comes amid wide dissatisfaction with the performance of the Cabinet, which he leads. Ahly club had invited Qandil and Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to the game.

The source said it would provoke people if the prime minister attended a football match amid the countrys political turmoil.(...)

 

 

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Egypt's Mursi meets with PM at presidential palace

Egypt's Mursi meets with PM at presidential palace | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

President Mohamed Mursi met on Saturday with prime minister Hisham Kandil at the presidential palace.

According to the president's official page, they discussed the needs of citizens in the coming period.

They also discussed files related to development and economy.

The palace witnessed on Friday violent clashes which led to the death of one person and severe damages at the palace.

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State TV presenter interrogated for asking Qandil about torture

State TV presenter interrogated for asking Qandil about torture | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Information Minister Salah Abdel Maqsoud referred a state TV presenter to interrogations after the presenter asked the prime minister about dragging citizens and torturing them in the streets during a live news conference, state TV sources told Al-Masry Al-Youm.

State TV attempted to mute the sound when the presenter, Ahmed Abdel Aziz, raised the question with Prime Minister Hesham Qandil, who responded by telling Abdel Aziz not to watch TV too much. (Egypt independent)

 

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Egypt Premier Faces Criticism Over Unclean Breasts Comments

Egypt Premier Faces Criticism Over Unclean Breasts Comments | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

A group of lawyers in a rural area south of Cairo has filed a complaint against Egypt’s prime minister, claiming he insulted women in the city of Bani Sweif by saying they were not cleaning their breasts before nursing.

The claim against Prime Minister Hisham Qandil alleges he slandered and insulted the city’s female residents by saying they did not pay enough attention to personal hygiene, resulting in infants coming down with diarrhoea.(....)

 

Prosecutors in Bani Sweif said in a faxed statement they had referred the complaint to their counterparts in October 6, a satellite city of Cairo.

 

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‘Boob Job’: Egypt’s PM says ‘unclean breasts’ can cause diarrhoea

‘Boob Job’: Egypt’s PM says ‘unclean breasts’ can cause diarrhoea | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Cabinet meetings usually discuss the state of economy, wars and general matters of governance. However, Egypt's Prime Minister Hisham Qandil recently utilized a meeting to talk about the dangers of “unclean” breasts.

The PhD holding prime minister who studied water resources, somehow, related the lack of clean water to the lack of clean breasts in one speech. While meeting with his cabinet members he spoke in an emotional manner as he recounted the struggle of the villagers he witnessed on his trips as a minister.

He narrated his experience as a middle-class Egyptian who traveled to the rural areas of the country where he saw the suffering of newborns having to deal with diarrhoea after being breast fed.

The prime minister claimed that the reason behind the diarrhoea epidemic in rural Egypt is that some female villagers are too ignorant to clean their breasts before feeding their babies.

 

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Enough protests and watching TV, let's start building Egypt: Prime minister

Enough protests and watching TV, let's start building Egypt: Prime minister | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil has called on Egyptians to channel their energies into "building the country" and not to take part in protests or clashes.

 

 

"In order for the revolution to realise its demands, we must finish with slogans and chants and start focusing on actual work," he said at a televised press conference at cabinet headquarters on Monday afternoon.

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Qandil called on Egyptians to "stop protesting and start building the homeland" as economic issues need to be addressed "urgently." He went on to urge Egyptians to "ignore the media" and "switch off your TV sets and get to work instead."

Qandil also asserted that all sectors of the economy were rigged with structural problems that need to be addressed immediately, and that Egypt's economic situation needed to be dealt with before it reached catastrophic levels.

"We need to work side by side to safeguard the economy and this requires honest effort on the part of all sectors of society," said Qandil.

The prime minister went on to say that Egypt was well poised to attract foreign investment, as its strategic geographical position could allow it to become a regional "trade hub" catering to almost 2 billion consumers.

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(Xinhua)

 

Le Premier ministre égyptien Hicham Qandil a invité tous les Égyptiens à se concentrer sur le travail, la construction et la production au lieu de manifester constamment, tout en soulignant que les manifestations pacifiques étaient un droit constitutionnel garanti pour tous les Égyptiens.

« Bâtissons le pays ensemble. Ceci est une invitation à la population et aux partis politiques d'Égypte. Rassemblons-nous en masse pour travailler et produire et montrer au monde entier que l'Égypte est un pays sûr et pacifique », a déclaré lundi M. Qandil lors d'une réunion lundi avec des professionnels des médias.

La scène politique se stabilisera avec le temps, a-t-il dit, soulignant que le gouvernement avait formé des « plans d'urgence » pour une reprise économique.

Il a également appelé la population à soutenir les policiers du pays et à préserver ou corriger « mais pas abattre une telle institution nationale ».

Ces propos de M. Qandil font suite à la réunion du président Mohamed Morsi avec le Conseil suprême de la police pour discuter de la situation de sécurité dans le cadre des récents troubles et heurts entre la police et des manifestants.

Une vague d'indignation politique a été suscitée à l'égard de la police égyptienne lorsque les chaînes de télévision locales ont diffusé de manière répétée vendredi une vidéo de policiers battant et déshabillant un manifestant devant le palais présidentiel au Caire.

Le ministre de l'Intérieur Mohamed Ibrahim a déclaré samedi qu'il s'excuserait en personne auprès de ce citoyen, tout en mettant en garde que « si la police s'effondre, l'Égypte tombera sous l'emprise de groupes combattants comme certains pays voisins ».

Dans un communiqué présidentiel publié vendredi, la présidence a attribué la responsabilité de tous les affrontements qui ont éclaté devant le palais présidentiel aux forces politiques. « Ces acte de violence et de vandalisme n'ont rien à voir avec une pratique politique légitime d'expression pacifique de son opinion », a déclaré le communiqué.

En réponse, le principal bloc d'opposition, le Front du salut national (FSN) a dénoncé ces incidents en blâmant le président Morsi et son ministre de l'Intérieur, appelant à de nouvelles manifestations pour renverser la direction du pays.

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Jets de pierres contre le convoi du Premier ministre au Caire

 Des manifestants ont jeté des pierres et des bouteilles samedi contre le convoi du Premier ministre égyptien Hicham Qandil sur la place Tahrir au Caire, au lendemain de violences entre manifestants et police dans la capitale, a rapporté une télévision locale.

Selon la chaîne privée Dream Live, M. Qandil a ensuite quitté la place, alors que son bureau a indiqué dans un communiqué laconique que le Premier ministre avait dû faire face à des jeunes et des agitateurs lors d'une visite place Tahrir. (AFP, via Romandie)

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Govt source: Qandil to maintain office until parliamentary elections

Govt source: Qandil to maintain office until parliamentary elections | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Prime Minister Hesham Qandil will retain his post until parliamentary elections are completed, a senior government source told Al-Masry Al-Youm, noting that Qandil’s meeting with President Mohamed Morsy on Monday did not address this question.
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No changes of ministers are expected for the time being, he said. The Qandil cabinet had seen a partial reshuffle of ten ministries earlier this month, which included the ministries of interior and finance.

As the political crisis of the past few days — with clashes in several cities, and a state of emergency in Port Said, Suez and Ismailia — a number of figures have called for  Qandil to step aside and a coalition government take over.

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Egypt: PM Vows to Consider Impact of IMF Loan On Coming Generations

In an attempt to reassure citizens and refute claims on the impact of an IMF loan in future, Prime Minister Hisham Qandil said that the government is taking into account the impact of the loan on the coming generations.

In statements to "Al-Ahram" newspaper on Saturday 06/04/2013, Qandil noted that the cash liquidity, economic activity, international confidence in the Egyptian economy and investment flows will prevent any negative impact on the long term

 

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Egypt cabinet launches initiative to address people's inquiries

Egypt cabinet launches initiative to address people's inquiries | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egyptian Prime Minister, Hisham Kandil, launched on Wednesday a new initiative to communicate 'directly' with citizens online through social network websites.

"Despite all the efforts exerted by the cabinet since it assumed office, citizens know little about the reality of these efforts and only the negative image is within reach," Kandil said in a recorded speech, published on his official Facebook page.

 

 

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Egypt's economic reforms reconcile views of political trends

Egypt's economic reforms reconcile views of political trends | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil said Sunday the national economic reform program, developed by his government recently, took stock of all views of the different political trends.

"The program also takes stock of the developments on the economic and political situations since the cancellation of an earlier program in last December," Qandil was quoted by a statement released by his office.

The Prime Minister made the remarks during his talks with Masood Ahmad, Director of the IMF's Middle East and Central Asia Department, on the reform program and a USD multi-billion loan to Egypt.

"The reform program reconciles the prerequisites of financial, economic and social stability with the need to achieve higher economic growth rate and curb unemployment rate in a balanced way," Qandil affirmed.

He briefed the IMF official on the outcome of a national initiative for economic recovery, reached through dialogue with economists from the opposite ends of the political spectrum.

The meeting was attended by the economic inner cabinet and several local economic experts.

Egypt has been in talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) since the beginning of the year over a loan amounting to USD 4.8 billion.


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Education for social justice, water cooperation, and cultural development at the core of the [UNESCO] Director-General’s visit to Egypt

Education for social justice, water cooperation, and cultural development at the core of the [UNESCO] Director-General’s visit to Egypt | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
During her meeting with the Prime Minister of Egypt, Dr. Hisham Qandeel, the Director-General, Irina Bokova, underscored UNESCO’s commitment to Egypt and expressed her strong support for Egypt’s current transformation process towards democracy. “Cooperation between Egypt and UNESCO has always been very strong part of the Organization’s history,” said Irina Bokova.

The Prime Minister welcomed the Director-General’s commitment to join forces with Egypt in the country’s transformations.

“Education plays a fundamental role for social justice and social cohesion”, stated Prime Minister Hisham Qandeel. "We rely on UNESCO’s support in bringing education back to its original role, that of educating responsible citizens," he added.

The Prime Minister further emphasized the central role of water for sustainable development, and called on UNESCO to build capacities in countries along the Nile Basin, in order to support water cooperation, share best practices on groundwater resources management, boost institutional capacities of existing institutes in the Nile Basin countries and enhance regional cooperation through research and networking. The Prime Minister also voiced his concern for the preservation of cultural heritage in the occupied Palestinian territory and thanked UNESCO for its continued efforts to support preservation efforts.

Egypt’s 10-year strategy for reforming education was also the subject of the Director-General’s meeting with Minister of Education, Mr. Ibrahim Ghoneim, who recalled that Egypt counted 18 million students, 1.2 million teachers and 700.000 administrators. He further added that the Ministry aimed to reach 60% access to early childhood care and education by 2015.

 

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Qandil: Govt ready to respond to Port Said protest demands

Qandil: Govt ready to respond to Port Said protest demands | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Prime Minister Hesham Qandil has said that the government is ready to respond to the demands of Port Said residents by sending a judge to conduct investigations, as opposed to prosecutors.

In an interview aired on State TV, Qandil said that imposing a state of emergency was an exceptional procedure and was caused by unusual circumstances.

“There’s no collective penalty,” he added. “All appreciation to people of the canal.”

He also said that the national project to develop tge Suez Canal includes all Egyptian governorates, saying that the project will generate more than 750,000 jobs and that it will be inaugurated in Port Said, Ismailia and Suez.

Speaking about the recent civil disobedience campaign in Port Said, Qandil said that Cabinet members are in contact with the Port Said governor and the governorate’s representatives in the Shura Council, adding that he was ready to hear the demands of representatives from among the demonstrators.

Qandil also offered condolences over the deaths of Port Said residents during ongoing protests since the end of January, saying that those responsible for the killings will be brought to justice.

The 25 January revolution taught us that no one is above the law,” he said. (Egypt indepenndent)

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NSF and Nour Party agree - Qandil and cabinet must go

Khaled Dawood, official spokesman of the National Salvation Front, Egypt's main opposition bloc, said in a telephone call to TV programme Al-Hayah Al-Youm on Hayah channel that both groups agreed on the importance of formulating a national salvation government.

 

Dawood also said that the NSF is ready for a national dialogue and is awaiting the president's "intention in formulating a new government."

 

He said that both parties agreed on the importance of stopping violence and working on maintaining the peacefulness of protests.

 

The NSF and the Nour Party agree on formulating a cabinet of candidates who have the expertise and competency to manage the electoral process with full integrity and neutrality, he said.

 

Dawood further explained that the NSF is ready to conduct a meeting on Sunday or Monday to explore national dialogue, after consensus was reached between the NSF and the Nour party.

 

Both parties are hoping to include other political forces in the consensus.

 

He also added that the Al-Azhar document, which was endorsed by the NSF on 31 January, will be the basis of the agenda on which they will build national dialogue.

 

The document was proposed to end Egypt's ongoing clashes and political violence.

 

Earlier, on 30 January, the NSF and the Nour Party agreed on a unified initiative that aimed to end Egypt's ongoing political crisis.

 

The initiative includes eight terms. The main feature is the formation of a unity government that includes the representation of opposition groups.

 

The Nour Party is Egypt's second largest Islamist group after the Muslim Brotherhood and the latter's Freedom and Justice Party.




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PM condemns Friday’s violence

PM condemns Friday’s violence | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Prime Minister Hisham Qandeel condemned on Friday 08/02/2013 the latest wave of violent acts and riots, which hit some parts of the country.

The premier said that violent acts can't be justified, and wondered "what is the benefit of blocking roads and attacking public utilities".

Qandil blamed protest organizers for not impeding violence and preventing rioters from penetrating protests.

He, also, condemned calls for marching to Ittihadiya palace, saying the palace is one of the "sensitive sites" in the country that shouldn't be attacked.
 

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Egypt's Women Of Mass Destruction

Egypt's Women Of Mass Destruction | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Does the Egyptian prime minister's gaff about rural women's breasts belie the belief among Egypt's new Islamist leadership that women are the source of all society's ills?

When it comes to confessionals, Egypt's unpopular prime minister, Hisham Qandil, has redefined the term "making a clean breast of things." With the country in the grips of a new wave of protests and street clashes and the economy in tatters, the premier decided to get a vital matter off his chest during an open meeting with the media: rural women's breast.

"There are villages in Egypt in the 21st century where children get diarrhoea [because] the mother nurses them and out of ignorance does not undertake personal hygiene of her breasts," he said, to the visible discomfort of his audience, especially the women in it.

sarcastic social and independent media, with many requesting advice from the PM on other health and domestic issues.

"A question to his eminence the prime minister," one Twitter user wrote, "can I wash my boy's clothes with his father's white galabiya or will the colours bleed?"

"Mum says she wants the recipe for Balah el-Sham in your next press conference," another requested.

"Soon, they'll be broadcasting Qandil's press conferences on Fatafeat [a cookery channel]," one wit predicted.

There are other unexpected causes of the runs, one commenter revealed: "I'm the one who got diarrhoea when I realised you were Egypt's prime minister." And this observer is not alone: Millions of Egyptians view this former irrigation minister as Egypt's new secretary of state for irritation.

Although stage fright -- or performance anxiety -- caused by speaking before the tame cameras of Egypt's state television may have caused Qandil to confuse women's nipples with the teats of baby bottles, there is the possibility, however faint, that the prime minister is privy to some groundbreaking research of which the rest of us humble mortals are unaware.(...)

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Qandil's remarks confirm previous theories that denial truly is a river running through the minds of Egyptian officials.

 

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Egypt govt to take legal action against incitement of violence

Egypt govt to take legal action against incitement of violence | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil said on Thursday that the government may take legal action against those who call for dealing with opposition figures with violence. 

A YouTube video of a hardline Muslim cleric calling for the death of leaders of Egypt's main opposition coalition has sparked fury over the past few days. 

Citing religious texts, Mahmoud Shaaban said that former presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi and Nobel Laureate Mohamed ElBaradei should be sentenced to death for calling for the overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

 

PM Kandil condemned the use of violence in a post on his official Facebook page on Thursday, adding that such conduct does not represent Islam.

 

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Egypt Premier Vows ‘No Return to Repression’ as Mursi Under Fire

Egypt’s premier vowed there would be “no return to repression” and said his administration didn’t condone killing its people, confronting criticism fuelled by deadly protests and the purported stripping and beating of a protester.
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Hisham Qandil’s comments were aimed at defusing days of mounting outrage against security forces and, by extension, the country’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Mursi. Video images showing a naked man being beaten by police during a Feb. 1 demonstration near the presidential palace in Cairo have galvanized the Islamist’s opponents.

Mursi’s mostly secular and youth activist critics contend he is giving authorities free rein to suppress protesters. His opponents also accuse him of failing to revive the economy and restore security, and say he is selling out the nation’s broader interests to bolster the influence of his Muslim Brotherhood backers.

“There is no return to repression” and “no return to human rights violations,” Qandil said at a televised press conference yesterday. “This is not the preference of the government or the head of government or the president of the republic. This is the right of the Egyptian people whose sons sacrificed their lives and souls” in the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak.

Mursi met with senior military and security officials late yesterday to discuss the crisis, state media reported. The latest unrest arose after the Jan. 25 anniversary of the revolution, as protesters in Port Said demonstrated against death sentences handed down by a Cairo court over a 2012 stadium riot that left more than 70 dead.

 

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La crise en Égypte menace son économie, selon le Premier ministre

La crise en Égypte menace son économie, selon le Premier ministre | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Le premier ministre égyptien a déclaré samedi que les manifestations violentes qui secouent l'Égypte depuis plus d'une semaine nuisaient à l'économie déjà fragile du pays.

Dans une brève déclaration diffusée à la télévision, Hisham Kandil a aussi condamné les attaques contre les biens de l'État et a affirmé qu'aucun gouvernement ne pouvait gouverner efficacement dans de telles conditions.

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Plus : http://www.lapresse.ca/international/dossiers/crise-dans-le-monde-arabe/egypte/201302/02/01-4617724-la-crise-en-egypte-menace-son-economie-selon-le-pm.php

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Qandil: Dialogue ʻkey to resolve all political differences’

Prime Minister Hisham Qandil asserted on Tuesday 29/1/2013 that a serious national dialogue is the "key to resolve all political differences in Egypt."

At a meeting with a number of media men of Egyptian Radio and Television Union, Qandil said that all political powers should put Egypt's best interest above any consideration.

A preconditioned dialogue is considered as empty of content, Qandil said, referring to the conditions set by the National Salvation Front to take part in a national dialogue under President Mohamed Morsi.

He praised security forces, who are working under difficult conditions for long periods, calling them to deal with the protesters in line with law.

Asked about imposing a curfew in Port Said, Suez and Ismailia, Qandil said that the move came to protect the citizens of the three coastal cities.

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