Entries in Egypt Government (4)


Egypt to Send American NGOs to Trial; Clinton Calls for Resolution

Win McNamee/Getty Images(CAIRO) -- Egypt is sending 43 non-governmental organization workers, including 19 Americans, to trial, according to state media.

The Egyptian government has been investigating American NGOs for their pro-democracy work, shutting down their operations for operating illegally and receiving foreign funds.

According to Egyptian media, among those to go on trial is Sam LaHood, the son of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has warned officials that the $1.3 billion in military aid for Egypt could be in jeopardy if the probe is not resolved soon.

“We are very clear that there are problems that arise from this situation that can impact all the rest of our relationship in Egypt,” Clinton told reporters at an international conference in Munich. “We don’t want that.”

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Hosni Mubarak Arrives in Court on Hospital Stretcher

AFP/Getty Images(CAIRO) -- According to published reports, Egypt’s deposed President Hosni Mubarak, arrived in court Wednesday morning to stand trial on charges of corruption and the unlawful killing of protesters during the revolution that forced him from power in February 2011.

Mubarak was wheeled in on a hospital bed into a specially constructed metal holding cell with other defendants in the courtroom. Standing in the cage alongside Mubarak were his two sons Alaa and Gamal, as well as the former Minister of the Interior and several former law enforcement officials.

If convicted, Mubarak could face a death sentence, according to judicial officials.

This prosecution is without precedent in the Middle East’s modern history, as Mubarak is the first Arab leader overthrown by his own people.

Mr. Mubarak, who has suffered from cancer and other health problems, is unable to stand or walk according to his doctors.

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Crisis in Egypt: New Elections Announced for Coming Weeks

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(CAIRO) -- Egypt's beleaguered regime announced Monday that it will hold new elections in the coming weeks, a remarkable concession by President Hosni Mubarak after a week of massive protests demanding that he step down.

The announcement was made by Mubarak's newly appointed vice president, Omar Suleiman, who said that he has been authorized to talk to opposition parties.

Suleiman's statement came as protesters are hoping to turn out a million demonstrators on the streets Tuesday in what could be a decisive showdown between Mubarak and the opposition forces.

Hundreds of Americans fled the turbulent country Monday as Egyptians prepared for another day of protests.

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Egyptian Government Resigns As Protests Continue

Photo Courtesy - Getty ImagesUPDATE: Egyptian state television is reporting that President Hosni Mubarak has appointed intelligence chief Omar Suleiman to serve as the country’s vice president. Dr. Ahmed Shafiq, former minister of aviation and the ex-leader of Egypt's Air Force, has reportedly been appointed prime minister.

(CAIRO) -- As thousands of protesters continued to take to the streets of Cairo on Saturday, it was announced that the Egyptian government has formally resigned.

In a televised address on Friday, President Hosni Mubarak said he had asked his government to resign, however, there was no indication that Mubarak himself would be stepping down. There are also reports that Rachid Mohamed Rachid – who has been serving as minister of investment – will be named as the new prime minister. Mubarak’s Friday address was his first since protests began on Tuesday, with demonstrators calling for the embattled president to resign.

"These demonstrations shouldn't have happened, because of the big gaps in freedom that were given," Mubarak said, according to a rough translation of his address to the nation. "As the president of this country and with all the power that the Constitution has given me, I assure you that I'm working for the people and giving freedoms of opinions, as long as we are respecting the law."

Mubarak took to the camera after a tough crackdown by government forces that prompted the Obama administration to reconsider the $1.5 billion in aid it gives to Egypt.

On Friday, President Obama said he spoke with Mubarak and urged the Egyptian government to respect and embrace human rights and political and economic reform. President Obama said his administration’s first concern was “preventing injury and loss of life.” He called upon Egyptian authorities to "refrain from any violence” against peaceful protesters, arguing that Egyptians have the universal rights to assembly and speech, rights the United States “will stand up for everywhere.” The president also called upon the Egyptian government to “reverse the actions” taken that interfere with internet and cell phone communication.

On Saturday cell phone service had been restored in Cairo, however, internet service was not available. Tahrir Square continued to be the main demonstration area, with large amounts of protesters clashing with security forces. Dozens of deaths have been reported since the unrest began, with the death toll increasing by the day. Properties around the city have also been damaged during demonstrations, including the headquarters of the governing National Democratic Party, which protesters set on fire on Friday.

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