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.
Court Frees Ousted President Hosni Mubarak
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A Cairo court ordered ousted President Hosni Mubarak freed from prison, a move that could complicate Egypt’s increasingly violent political transition, while militants in Sinai killed 26 policemen.
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.
National Defence public affairs staff were dealing with the fallout Thursday from the racist comments about new Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan posted on the Canadian Forces Facebook page by a member of the military.
Sources say for the most part the posts on the English-language version of the Canadian Forces Facebook page were respectful and welcoming to Sajjan, a Sikh originally born in India. (He was also a Canadian Forces lieutenant colonel and combat veteran, with three tours in Afghanistan and one in Bosnia).
ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s prime minister on Tuesday accused Israel of being behind the ouster of Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, offering as the only evidence for his claim a statement by a Jewish French intellectual during a meeting with an Israeli official.
The Egyptian Cabinet rejected Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s statement as baseless and “bewildering,” saying its patience was running low with Turkey, one of the biggest critics of the July 3 military coup.
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.
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.