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November 23, 2012
A year after Hosni Mubarak’s fall, new round of protests in Egypt: Tear gas filled the streets and 15 were injured in protests after President Mohammed Morsi issued a decree yesterday greatly expanding his own power. The decree shields any of the president’s decisions from legal challenge until a new parliament is elected; protects the Islamist-dominated assembly, which is in the process of crafting a new constitution for the country, from being dissolved; and calls for retrials of Hosni Mubarak and other members of the old guard. 18 liberal and Christain members of the aforementioned assembly recently withdrew from the process, claiming that their input wasn’t being addressed; Morsi’s claims that his decree will only be in effect until the new constitution is drafted. Both pro- and anti-Morsi protesters clashed in Egyptian streets today, numbering in the thousands. source    (Photo credit: Reuters)
15:18 // 1 year ago
January 29, 2011
President Mubarak … I advise you to depart from Egypt … There is no other solution to this problem but for Mubarak to go.
Influential Arab cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi • Claiming that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is ”blind, deaf and dumb” to criticisms about his leadership. Al-Qaradawi, a Sunni Muslim cleric who holds dual nationalities in Egypt and Qatar, says Mubarak should follow in the footsteps of Ben Ali in Tunisia: ”There is no staying longer, Mubarak, I advise you (to learn) the lesson of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali,” he said. While he supports the protesters, he says that they “must come through peaceful means” that don’t attack state institutions. The cleric, by the way, is seen as controversial in much of the world for his sometimes-radical views, and while he’s famous in the Middle East, the U.S. and Britain refuse to grant him visas to enter their countries. source (via • follow)
12:19 // 3 years ago