Egyptian courts sentenced the Muslim Brotherhood’s leader and hundreds of alleged supporters to death and banned a prominent activist group, reinforcing charges the army-backed government is using the judiciary to crack down on opponents.
The Egyptian army, which assumed power following President Hosni Mubarak ’s resignation on Feb. 11, told protesters it will respond to their demands by the end of the week, Ahmed Maher, a co-founder of the Six of April movement said today.
Egypt’s interior minister has urged people into the streets and squares tomorrow to mark three years since the revolt against Hosni Mubarak. Many activists behind the uprising see little to celebrate, and some of its iconic figures will be spending the anniversary in prison.
Hundreds of flag-waving Egyptians greeted Mohamed ElBaradei at Cairo’s airport on Feb. 19. The former head of the United Nations atomic-energy agency was coming home to lead a movement to oust President Hosni Mubarak , and opposition leaders rallied in support.
Ousted President Hosni Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison for failing to stop the killing of protesters during last year’s uprising, a verdict that triggered unrest two weeks before Egypt’s divisive presidential runoff.
At least 18 people died in Egypt as four explosions ripped through Cairo and Islamist supporters clashed with police in a spasm of violence a day before the anniversary of the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak.
Egypt’s highest court ordered that parliament be dissolved and cleared Ahmed Shafik, a former aide to ousted President Hosni Mubarak, to run for the presidency in what one former candidate in the race described as a “coup.”
Aleia el-Sayed never expected President Mohamed Mursi to deliver overnight on his campaign promises of justice that Egyptians demanded in last year’s uprising. More than four months into his presidency, she did think the government would make more of an effort to do so.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak may announce today whether he will step down as the army discusses measures “to safeguard the interests” of the country after more than two weeks of protests demanding his ouster.