News / Middle East

    Egypt's Top General Defends Removal of Morsi

    A pro-democracy protester burn an image of Lieutenant- General Abdel Fattah El Sisi, Egypt's Commanding General and Minister of Defense and Military Production, during a demonstration against what they said was a military coup that ousted Egyptian Preside
    A pro-democracy protester burn an image of Lieutenant- General Abdel Fattah El Sisi, Egypt's Commanding General and Minister of Defense and Military Production, during a demonstration against what they said was a military coup that ousted Egyptian Preside
    VOA News
    Facing fierce pressure from Islamists, Egypt's top general on Sunday said the decision to remove Islamist Mohamed Morsi from the presidency was made in response to what he called the will of the people.

    General Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi spoke Sunday on national television, for the first time since Morsi's July 3 ouster.  He said Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, had lost legitimacy because of mass protests by his opponents.  But he rejected accusations the removal was religiously motivated.

    Morsi has been held at an undisclosed location since his removal, while scores of senior members of his Muslim Brotherhood Party have been taken into custody.  Authorities have not charged him with a crime, but say they are investigating a series of complaints against him including spying and wrecking the economy.

    The Brotherhood urged its supporters to gather peacefully in Cairo on Monday for the latest in a series of mass protests against the Morsi ouster. Thousands have been rallying for days near a mosque in northeast Cairo to demand the former president's reinstatement.

    A handout picture released by the Egyptian Presidency shows Egyptian leader Mohamed ElBaradei (L) being sworn in as Egypt's interim vice president for foreign relations, in front of Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour (R), in Cairo on Jul. 14, 2013.A handout picture released by the Egyptian Presidency shows Egyptian leader Mohamed ElBaradei (L) being sworn in as Egypt's interim vice president for foreign relations, in front of Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour (R), in Cairo on Jul. 14, 2013.
    x
    A handout picture released by the Egyptian Presidency shows Egyptian leader Mohamed ElBaradei (L) being sworn in as Egypt's interim vice president for foreign relations, in front of Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour (R), in Cairo on Jul. 14, 2013.
    A handout picture released by the Egyptian Presidency shows Egyptian leader Mohamed ElBaradei (L) being sworn in as Egypt's interim vice president for foreign relations, in front of Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour (R), in Cairo on Jul. 14, 2013.
    In related developments, interim leaders on Sunday swore in prominent liberal Mohamed ElBaradei as vice president and offered the post of foreign minister to a former Egyptian ambassador to the United States.

    More ministerial positions are expected to be confirmed in the coming days.

    ElBaradei, a Nobel laureate and former head of the U.N. nuclear agency,  led a huge opposition coalition in the protests that prompted Morsi's removal.  Details of his new role were not immediately clear.

    In another move Sunday, Egyptian judicial sources said the public prosecutor ordered the freezing of assets of 14 prominent Islamists, including Brotherhood supreme leader Mohamed Badie.

    U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns is meeting with authorities in Cairo from Sunday to Tuesday in the first visit by a high-ranking U.S. official since Morsi's removal. The State Department said Burns will "underscore U.S. support for the Egyptian people, an end to all violence, and a transition leading to an inclusive, democratically elected civilian government."

    Washington also has called on Egypt's interim leadership to avoid a politically motivated crackdown on the deposed president and his supporters.

    Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

    You May Like

    Video How Aleppo Rebels Plan to Withstand Assad's Siege

    Rebels in Aleppo are laying plans to withstand a siege by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in likelihood the regime cuts a final main supply line running west of city

    Scientists Detect Gravitational Waves in Landmark Discovery

    Researchers likened discovery to difference between looking at piece of music on paper and then hearing it in real life

    Prince Ali: FIFA Politics Affected International Fixtures

    Some countries faced unfavorable treatment for not toeing political line inside soccer world body, Jordanian candidate to head FIFA says

    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments
         
    by: liaquat from: canada
    July 15, 2013 3:48 AM
    Egypt is completely in army dictatorship. Elected government has been dissolved w/o any legal or moral reason. Thousands of opponant of army are in jail, properties has been onfiscated, tv, radio and newspapers have been shut down. Hundreds of unarmed egyptions are being killed by brutal army on roads. God bless egypt

    by: Dr. Malek Towghi from: USA
    July 14, 2013 11:19 PM
    If the present tug of war between General Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi and the Muslim Brotherhood is not resolved within a short period by a mutually agreed-upon compromise the consequences for Egypt will be devastating. The right person to broker a deal is Field Marshal Muhammad Hussein al-Tantawi. Egypt's friends and well-wishers may help. How about a deal on the following lines?:
    1. General Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi retires with full honor.
    2. Egypt's Armed Forces and the civilian authorities concerned request Field Marshal Muhammad Hussein el-Tamtawi to takeover as the Commander in Chief with all powers he had before his retirement.
    3. As the Commander in Chief etc., Field Marshal Tantawi restores Dr. Muhammad Morsi as president -- along with his pre-coup Cabinet.
    4. Parliamentary elections are held as scheduled before the coup.
    5. All parties agree that this elected parliament will make the constitutional changes on a simple majority basis.
    6. President Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood agree that if the Brotherhood-supported party gains less than 50% of the votes in the above-mentioned parliamentary elections, Morsi will resign, a care-taker president will be appointed with the mutual agreement of the Brotherhood and the Opposition, and new presidential elections will be held within two months after the parliamentary elections.

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Russia's Car Sales Shrink Overall, But Luxury and Economy Models See Growthi
    X
    February 10, 2016 5:54 AM
    Car sales in Russia dropped by more than a third in 2015 because of the country's economic woes. But, at the extreme ends of the car market, luxury vehicles and some economy brands are actually experiencing growth. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.
    Video

    Video Russia's Car Sales Shrink Overall, But Luxury and Economy Models See Growth

    Car sales in Russia dropped by more than a third in 2015 because of the country's economic woes. But, at the extreme ends of the car market, luxury vehicles and some economy brands are actually experiencing growth. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.
    Video

    Video Civil Rights Pioneer Remembers Struggle for Voting Rights

    February is Black History Month in the United States. The annual, month-long national observance pays tribute to important people and events that shaped the history of African Americans. VOA's Chris Simkins reports how one man fought against discrimination to help millions of blacks obtain the right to vote
    Video

    Video Jordanian Theater Group Stages Anti-Terrorism Message

    The lure of the self-styled “Islamic State” has many parents worried about their children who may be susceptible to the organization’s online propaganda. Dozens of Muslim communities in the Middle East are fighting back -- giving young adults alternatives to violence. One group in Jordan is using dramatic expression a send a family message. Mideast Broadcasting Network correspondent Haider Al Abdali shared this report with VOA. It’s narrated by Bronwyn Benito
    Video

    Video Migrant Crisis Fuels Debate Over Britain’s Future in EU

    The migrant crisis in Europe is fueling the debate in Britain ahead of a referendum on staying in the European Union that may be held this year. Prime Minister David Cameron warns that leaving the EU could lead to thousands more migrants arriving in the country. Meanwhile, tension is rising in Calais, France, where thousands of migrants are living in squalid camps. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
    Video

    Video Valentine's Day Stinks for Lebanese Clowns

    This weekend, on Valentine's Day in Lebanon, love is not the only thing in the air. More than half a year after the country's trash crisis began, the stink of uncollected garbage remains on the streets. Step forward "Clown Me In," a group of clowns who use their skills for activism. Before the most romantic day of the year the clowns have released their unusual take on love in Lebanon -- in a bid to keep the pressure up and get the trash off the streets. John Owens reports from Beirut.
    Video

    Video Families Flee Aleppo for Kurdish Regions in Syria

    Not all who flee the fighting in Aleppo are trying to cross the border into Turkey. A VOA reporter caught up with several families heading for Kurdish-held areas of northern Syria.
    Video

    Video Rocky Year Ahead for Nigeria Amid Oil Price Crash

    The global fall in the price of oil has rattled the economies of many petroleum exporters, and Africa’s oil king Nigeria is no exception. As Chris Stein reports from Lagos, analysts are predicting a rough year ahead for the continent’s top producer of crude.
    Video

    Video 'No Means No' Program Targets Sexual Violence in Kenya

    The organizers of an initiative to reduce and stop rape in the informal settlements around Kenya's capital say their program is having marked success. Girls are taking self-defense classes while the boys are learning how to protect the girls and respect them. Lenny Ruvaga reports from Nairobi.
    Video

    Video Chocolate Lovers Get a Sweet History Lesson

    Observed in many countries around the world, Valentine’s Day is sometimes celebrated with chocolate festivals. But at a festival near Washington, the visitors experience a bit more than a sugar rush. They go on a sweet journey through history. VOA’s June Soh takes us to the festival.
    Video

    Video 'Smart' Bandages Could Heal Wounds More Quickly

    Simple bandages are usually seen as the first line of attack in healing small to moderate wounds and burns. But scientists say new synthetic materials with embedded microsensors could turn bandages into a much more valuable tool for emergency physicians. VOA’s George Putic reports.
    Video

    Video Researchers Use 3-D Printer to Produce Transplantable Body Parts

    Human organ transplants have become fairly common around the world in the past few decades. Researchers at various universities are coordinating their efforts to find solutions -- including teams at the University of Pennsylvania and Rice University in Houston that are experimenting with a 3-D printer -- to make blood vessels and other structures for implant. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Houston, they are also using these artificial body parts to seek ways of defeating cancerous tumors.
    Video

    Video Helping the Blind 'See' Great Art

    There are 285 million blind and visually impaired people in the world who are unable to enjoy visual art at a museum. One New York photographer is trying to fix this situation by making tangible copies of the world’s masterpieces. VOA correspondent Victoria Kupchinetsky was there as visually impaired people got a feel for great art. Joy Wagner narrates her report.
    Video

    Video German Artists to Memorialize Refugees With Life Jacket Exhibit

    Sold in every kind of shop in some Turkish port towns, life jackets have become a symbol of the refugee crisis that brought a million people to Europe in 2015.  On the shores of Lesbos, Greece, German artists collect discarded life jackets as they prepare an art installation they plan to display in Germany.  For VOA, Hamada Elrasam has this report from Lesbos, Greece.
    Video

    Video E-readers Help Ease Africa's Book Shortage

    Millions of people in Africa can't read, and there's a chronic shortage of books. A non-profit organization called Worldreader is trying to help change all that one e-reader at a time. VOA’s Deborah Block tells us about a girls' school in Nairobi, Kenya where Worldreader is making a difference.