By Imam Zaid Shakir | Al Jazeera | 20 Jul 2013
In his, Dictionary of Political Thought, the noted political philosopher, Roger Scruton, defines a coup d’etat as "a change in government by force resulting in a change of constitution, and brought about by those who already hold some form of power whether military or political. The institution of a coup thereby transforms the terms on which their office is held from a public trust into a private possession".
Source : TodaysZaman | 19 Jul 2013
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said he refused to speak with Mohamed ElBaradei, who was installed as the Egyptian vice president in a cabinet formed by the military after a coup, saying his refusal was due to the fact that ElBaradei was brought to the post by a military junta.
Some media reports had recently said the Turkish prime minister rejected a request by ElBaradei for a meeting. Sources from Prime Ministry had denied the reports, saying, “We have no such information.”
Source : AFP | 04 Jul 2013
Following are key dates in the one-year rule of ousted Egyptian president Mohammad Mursi.
His destitution by the Egyptian army followed widespread protests and ended an administration based on the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist group.
-- 2012 --
- 30: Mursi, elected with 51.7 percent of the vote, is sworn in, becoming Egypt's first civilian and Islamist president.
Source : Dina al-Shibeeb, Al Arabiya | 24 Jun 2013
The Egyptian army’s strong warnings on Saturday that they would intervene to stop the country “from plunging into a dark tunnel” were seen by political observers as directed towards both the Islamists in power and liberal opposition forces.
Political and activist groups opposed to Islamist President Mohammad Mursi are planning mass protests on June 30 to call for the president’s ouster. Last Friday, pro-government rallies were held in Cairo to denounce violence and show support for the president.
Source : Agencies | 19 Jun 2012
The Obama administration warned Egypt’s military leaders on Monday to speedily hand over power or risk losing billions of dollars in U.S. military and economic aid to the country.
Pentagon and State Department officials expressed concern with a last-minute decree by Egypt’s ruling military council giving itself sweeping authority to maintain its grip on power and subordinate the nominal head of state.
The move followed last week’s dissolution of parliament by an Egyptian court.
Source : Agencies | 18 Jun 2012
Egypt's ruling military council said on Monday that the army will hold a ceremony to hand over power to the country's newly elected president at the end of June, the state news agency MENA said.
The Muslim Brotherhood said its candidate Mohamed Morsy, 60, had won the election against miitary rival Ahmed Shafik, 70, whose campaign refused to concede defeat and accused Morsy of "hijacking the election."
Source : Agencies | Cairo | 14 Jun 2012
Egypt's military police and intelligence will be able to detain civilians and refer them to military tribunals under a government decree issued on Wednesday that was criticised as a dangerous move by human rights groups.
One MP described the step as an attempt to reproduce the state of emergency that was a permanent fixture of Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule and expired on May 31. The law which gave security forces sweeping powers of search and arrest was seen as one of his administration's main tools for crushing dissent.
By Agencies | Cairo | 03 May 2012
Egypt's military chief of staff said yesterday the army may transfer power to an elected president on May 24 if the vote is decided in the first round, state television reported.
The announcement came after four presidential candidates suspended their campaigns as the death toll mounted in bloody clashes between anti-military supporters of a banned Islamist candidate and unidentified men in plainclothes.