Egypt's ruling military council has warned it will not allow civilians to encroach on the armed forces' extensive business enterprises, in rare comments about its secretive economic interests in the face of increasing demands for public scrutiny.
Egyptian activists behind an uprising that toppled president Hosni Mubarak on Tuesday rejected talks with the ruling military junta, demanding an end to military trials of civilians prior to any dialogue.The ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which took power when Mubarak was ousted in February, had invited 1,000 representatives of youth groups who took part in the January 25 revolt to attend a meeting on Wednesday.
Egypt's military said on Thursday that the country will hold its first parliamentary election since Hosni Mubarak's overthrow as scheduled in September and then prepare a constitution before a presidential poll.General Mahmduh Shahin, a member of the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, said the parliamentary election will be held "no later than September 30," the official MENA news agency reported."After the parliamentary election, a new constitution will be drafted, and then presidential elections will be conducted," the agency quoted him as saying.
Egypt's ruling military council dismissed on Wednesday a report that it might pardon ousted leader Hosni Mubarak or his family, saying it does not intervene in judicial affairs."There is absolutely no truth to what has been reported by the media that the supreme council is moving towards a pardon for former president Mohammed Hosni Mubarak or his family," the council stated on its Facebook page."The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces does not interfere in one way or the other in legal procedures to hold the former regime symbols accountable," the statement read.
An Egyptian military court on Tuesday accepted a retrial for Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri's brother, who had been condemned to death in absentia on terror-related charges, a military source said.In March, Egyptian authorities had rearrested Mohammed al-Zawahiri just days after he was freed under an amnesty for political prisoners.He had been one of dozens of political prisoners released by the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces which took power after president Hosni Mubarak was ousted in February.Officials have not given a reason for his rearrest.
Egypt's military government urged an end to widespread strikes following the popular uprising that overthrew Hosni Mubarak, as the United States pressed for an end to 30-year-old emergency laws.The orders came after the elderly generals now ruling the country met some of the young Internet activists who triggered the revolt against Mubarak, reportedly promising a referendum on a new constitution within two months.
Egypt's military government on Monday urged a halt to widespread strikes inspired by a popular uprising that threatened to paralyse the country following Hosni Mubarak's overthrow.The orders came after the elderly generals now ruling the country met some of the young Internet activists who triggered the revolt against Mubarak, reportedly promising a referendum on a new constitution within two months.