Egypt Declares State Of Emergency After Bloody Revolution Leaves 278 Dead

Egypt Declares State Of Emergency After Bloody Revolution Leaves 278 DeadEgypt, including its capital Cairo, teetered on the edge early Thursday as clashes persisted following the bloodiest day since the revolution two years ago that was envisioned to bring peace and democracy to Egypt — but has not.

‘Unrest’

The violence Wednesday pitted Egypt’s military and current government against backers of deposed President Mohamed Morsy, though others also were caught in the fray. At least 278 people were killed, including 235 civilians, state TV reported, citing an Egyptian emergency official. Interim Interior Minister Gen. Mohammed Ibrahim said that an additional 43 police officers died.

The intensity and violence lingered into Thursday morning, when state TV reported Morsy backers were attacking police stations, hospitals and government buildings despite a government-mandated curfew. More Egyptian troops were being deployed at entrances to Cairo and Giza, with the unrest prompting the closure Thursday of banks and the nation’s stock market.


‘Ensure stability’

The 2011 revolution that led to the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, who’d kept a firm grip on power for 30 years, was followed by Egypt’s first democratic elections. Morsy — a leader of the Islamist group the Muslim Brotherhood — won the presidency in that 2012 vote, but was forced out by the military last month.

The government on Wednesday, according to state TV, issued a month-long state of emergency. This a loaded term in Egypt, given that Mubarak long ruled under such a decree that barred unauthorized assembly, restricted freedom of speech and let police jail people indefinitely. The prime minister said the government felt compelled to act to ensure stability, praising security forces for their “calm” and claiming some activists had intent to undermine the government.

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Source: Greg Botelho. Josh Levs and Ian Lee | CNN

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Egyptian Army Gives Morsi 48-Hour Ultimatum

Egyptian Army Gives Morsi 48-Hour UltimatumAppearing to throw its weight behind an opposition that swarmed Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the Egyptian military told the country’s civilian government it has until Wednesday evening to “meet the demands of the people” or it will step in to restore order. In a statement carried nationwide on radio and television, the military called the 48-hour ultimatum “a final chance to shoulder the burden of a historic moment in our country.”

‘Increasingly authoritarian’

While insisting they want no direct role in national politics, the generals appeared instead to be pressuring Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected president, to restructure his government.

In the face of the protests, which began over the weekend, five government ministers announced their resignations Monday. Morsi, a U.S.-educated Islamist, was elected Egypt’s president in June 2012. He resigned his post as leader of the Freedom and Justice Party, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, after winning office, but critics say he has become increasingly authoritarian over his year in power. And he has failed to revive Egypt’s economy, which crashed when the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime strongman Hosni Mubarak drove tourists away.


‘Credible to the majority’

Shortly after the military’s announcement, Morsi met with Prime Minister Hisham Qandiland Egypt’s minister of defense and head of the country’s military, Gen. Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi, according to the president’s Facebook page.

The source who discussed the issue with CNN said the military is asking Morsi’s government to reduce the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood and focus on a governing style credible to the majority. Gerges said those changes could include the appointment of an opposition figure as prime minister, the appointment of a new prosecutor-general and opposition-backed amendments to the country’s constitution, which voters approved in December.

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Source: Salma Abdelaziz. Reza Sayah and Ben Wedeman | CNN

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