CAIRO (Reuters) – A striking image hoisted in Cairo’s Tahrir Square when protests against military rule erupted showed an ageing, male face; one half was Hosni Mubarak’s, the other that of the man now in charge of Egypt – Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi.
It sums up a growing sentiment as transition to civilian rule has dragged on: Tantawi, defending the armed forces’ vast economic interests after 60 years in power, has betrayed the trust of a nation and is acting in the same way as the former president he served as defence minister for two decades.
CAIRO (Reuters) – A striking image hoisted in Cairo’s Tahrir Square when protests against military rule erupted showed an aging, male face; one half was Hosni Mubarak’s, the other that of the man now in charge of Egypt – Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi.
It sums up a growing sentiment as transition to civilian rule has dragged on: Tantawi, defending the armed forces’ vast economic interests after 60 years in power, has betrayed the trust of a nation and is acting in the same way as the former president he served as defense minister for two decades.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Nine months after the fall of Hosni Mubarak and days before its first free election in decades, Egypt has been convulsed by protests over the ruling military council’s handling of the transition to civilian rule.
Below are some questions and answers about the protests:
* WHAT SPARKED THE DEMONSTRATIONS?
Frustration about the army’s commitment to the handover to civilian rule has built up in the last few months. Politicians and activists have grown increasingly suspicious that the military council, which took over from Mubarak on February 11, wants to hand over day-to-day government but retain broad powers that could undermine civilian authority in future.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Sameh Attallah was among Egypt’s “silent majority” who trusted the army to make way for civilian rule after protesters ousted Hosni Mubarak in February. For nine months, he stayed home when others hit the street demanding swifter reform.
That has changed. Now convinced that the ruling military council wants to cling to power, he joined protests on Friday that led to violence which has cost 33 lives.
CAIRO (Reuters) – At least 12 people were killed in clashes between security forces and crowds protesting against Egypt’s ruling military council in some of the worst violence since the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak.
With just a week before voting in the first free parliamentary election in decades, the confrontations in the capital Cairo and other cities raised worries about how smooth voting will be.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptians vote next week for the first parliament since toppling Hosni Mubarak but a surge in violence between protesters and police show the street will likely stay a battleground for Egypt’s unfinished revolution even after polling stations close.
After ending Mubarak’s 30-year rule in February, Cairo’s Tahrir Square was once again filled with teargas and debris after police tried to break-up a sit-in calling for the army council now ruling Egypt to leave and hand power to civilians.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s Islamist and liberal opposition began gathering in Cairo’s Tahrir square ahead of a mass rally on Friday to protest the military government’s plans to change the constitution to shield the army from legislative scrutiny.
Tents were pitched and sound stages set up as protesters returned to Tahrir square, the epicenter of an uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak from office in February, in what they said was an attempt to put “the revolution back on track.”
CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt is finalizing plans for the removal of energy subsidies for its industrial sector, a phase-out agreed on since 2007, the country’s trade and industry minister said on Thursday.
Trade Minister Mahmoud Eisa told the Reuters Middle East Investment Summit he expected a final decision on how the phase-out will take place before the end of the year.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Presidential candidate Amr Moussa said Wednesday he feared a prolonged transition to civilian rule could plunge Egypt into anarchy caused by spiraling violence and economic hardship.
An uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak in February has hammered the economy and has sparked a wave of sectarian and other violence that the ruling army and its interim cabinet has struggled to control. Investors and tourists have fled.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptians detained in connection with clashes between Christian protesters and military police that left 25 people dead should be tried in civilian not military courts, presidential candidate Mohamed ElBaradei said on Sunday.
The former U.N. diplomat’s comments reflect public frustration at the army’s handling of clashes on October 9, when protesters said they were attacked by unidentified “thugs” and then said military police used excessive force against them.