Egypt’s prosecutor ordered the arrest on Wednesday of the leaders of the Muslim
Brotherhood, charging them with inciting violence in a clash that saw troops
shoot dead 55 supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.
the Egypt Independent, the Brotherhood announced it would hold a million-man
march on Friday in support of Morsi.
“We will hold marches every Friday
for President Morsi to be reinstated,” Brotherhood spokesman Gehad el-Haddad
On Twitter, Haddad wrote that someone had filed treason charges
against him, accusing him of conspiring to bring down the state.
Brotherhood leaders were charged with inciting violence in Monday’s shootings,
which began before dawn when, according to the Brotherhood, its followers were
The army says terrorists provoked the shooting by
Charges were announced against Mohamed Badie, head of
the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as his deputy, Mahmoud Ezzat, and party leaders
Essam el-Erian and Mohamed el-Beltagi. Khairat el-Shater, another senior leader,
was apprehended last week.
The prosecutor also ordered 206 Brotherhood
activists arrested after Monday’s violence to be detained for a further 15 days
on accusations of involvement in the killings. It released 464 others on bail of
about $300 each.
Meanwhile, Kuwait promised Egypt $4 billion in cash,
loans and fuel on Wednesday, a day after Saudi Arabia pledged $5b. and the
United Arab Emirates offered $3b.
The United States plans to deliver four
more F-16 fighter jets to Egypt in the coming weeks, US defense officials told
Reuters on Wednesday, in spite of the militarybacked overthrow of the country’s
“There is no current change in the plan to deliver
F-16s to the Egyptian military,” one US official said, speaking on condition of
The White House said on Wednesday it will take time to
determine whether the Egyptian military’s removal of Morsi constituted a coup,
and called on the military to exercise restraint.
“We are evaluating how
the authorities are responding to and handling the current situation,” White
House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters when asked whether the administration
was any closer to making a decision about how to describe Morsi’s
The White House also voiced confidence in the US ambassador to
Egypt, Anne Patterson, who has come under fire for criticism she made of planned
rallies against the Muslim Brotherhood before the military takeover in Egypt a
Patterson’s remarks were covered extensively by local media and
denounced by Egyptian opposition leaders, who accused her of interference in the
country’s internal affairs.
At his daily news briefing, Carney said
Patterson was “absolutely” seen as an effective advocate for US policy in
Interim Egyptian President Adly Mansour met on Tuesday with a
delegation of political activists and youths to discuss the current situation,
according to the Egyptian State Information Service. The delegation announced it
would travel to the US to present its side of what happened when Morsi was
removed from power.
Egypt’s foreign minister expressed “strong
disapproval” over Iran’s reactions to Morsi’s toppling, said a statement issued
by the Foreign Ministry on Wednesday. The statement called on Iran to “focus on
its own internal and external challenges instead of meddling in other countries’
Iran had called Morsi’s removal
According to the Ahram Online report, the Foreign
Ministry also officially rejected the African Union’s suspension of Egypt’s
membership, announced two days after Morsi’s ouster.
subsequent violence, Egypt’s interim authorities are proceeding with the army’s
“road map” to restore civilian rule. On Tuesday, they named 76-year-old
economist Hazem el-Beblawi acting prime minister.
Beblawi told Reuters he
would start selecting ministers, and would begin by meeting liberal politicians
Mohamed ElBaradei and Ziad Bahaa el-Din.
ElBaradei, a former UN diplomat,
has been named vice president. Bahaa el-Din, a former head of Egypt’s investment
authority, has been touted for a senior post. Both are prominent figures in the
National Salvation Front, the main secularist group that led protests against
They also support a stalled $4.8b. loan deal with the
International Monetary Fund, which would require Egypt to make politically
painful reforms to subsidies for food and fuel that support its 84 million
people but drain its finances.
Beblawi agreed that it would be a
challenge to find a cabinet line-up with universal support.
believe that anything can have unanimous approval,” he told Reuters.
acting prime minister has indicated he would be open to offering cabinet posts
to Islamists, including Brotherhood figures. The Brotherhood says it will have
nothing whatsoever to do with a government of what it calls a “fascist
The promised aid from the Gulf states will go a long way to easing
a deep economic crisis that had driven Egypt’s finances to the brink during
two-and-a half years of instability since autocrat Hosni Mubarak was swept from
The funds will also reduce the incentive for Egypt to make the
reforms the IMF says are needed to stabilize public finances, draw investment
and rekindle economic growth.
The National Salvation Front removed its
objection to the interim constitution on Wednesday.
The Islamist Nour
party officially withdrew from politics in response to Monday’s violence but has
said it does not object to Beblawi’s appointment and will assist his
Nour spokesman Nader Bakkar said on Wednesday the group would
not accept posts in the new cabinet but would offer “consent and advice to help
the cabinet pass through the transition period as soon as possible and with
Bakkar added that his party was “waiting to
“We are ready to advise, but for the time being we still take the
decision not to participate in the political process until the judiciary
committee gives its report about what happened [on Monday],” he
Bloodshed has abated since that incident, which apart from a 2012
soccer stadium riot, was the deadliest since Mubarak’s fall.