Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate Mohamed Mursi 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)
Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Ahmed Aref called for a stop to recent
demonstrations and condemned acts of vandalism, according to a report in Ahram
Online on Monday.
The organization released a statement saying, “The
Muslim Brotherhood strongly condemns acts of vandalism and thuggery carried out
by hired thugs against state and private property.”
In a sign that things
may begin to calm slightly, the police ended their strike in Cairo and Giza on
Monday, but threatened to go back on strike if Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim
does not meet their demands, according to the Egypt Independent
A source also revealed that Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was
considering removing Prime Minister Hesham Qandil in order to form a national
consensus government, according to the website.
In addition, Ahram Online
reported on Sunday that Morsi would make efforts to reach out to the opposition
to bring back some sense of stability to the country. Morsi would specifically
focus on the National Salvation Front (NSF) and youth that are playing a large
part in the tumultuous and widespread street protests.
Hosni Mubarak, awaiting trial over his role in the deaths of protesters,
reportedly said Monday that Egyptians should rally around Morsi and end violent
According to AFP, Mubarak’s lawyer Farid a- Deeb said Mubarak
told him that Morsi is the “elected president, people should rally around
The 84-year-old was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the
deaths of protesters during the 18-day uprising in 2011 that ended his
Meanwhile, the Financial Times reported that the IMF
is not going to loan Egypt $4.8 billion anytime soon as analysts hold a
pessimistic outlook for the country as inflation continues to increase at a
The report quoted Egypt’s statistical agency, which said
on Sunday that urban inflation was up 8.2 percent in February year-on-year, up
from January’s 6.3%.
Qatari Finance Minister Youssef Kamal said on Monday
that Qatar does not plan at this time on giving further financial aid to Egypt.
Kamal was quoted as saying that his country had already given $5 billion to
Reuters contributed to this report.