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Mursi Considers State Of Emergency If June 30 Protest In Egypt Turns Violent

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Egyptian president Mohammad Mursi

Egyptian president Mohammad Mursi

Egyptian president Mohammad Mursi suggested in a private meeting with security officials the announcing of a state of emergency if security matters got out of hand during planned opposition protests next week, reports have said.

The defence and interior ministers left a high profile meeting with Mursi regarding security plans on Wednesday in frustration and disappointment, turning down a suggestion by the president to declare a state of emergency if violence got out of control, government sources told Gulf News.

“The meeting ended with no result and no clear plan based on a presidential stance,” the sources said.

Minister of Defence Abdul Fatah Al Sisi, Minister of Interior Mohammad Ebrahim and Head of General Intelligence Agency Mohammad Raafat Shehata attended the meeting to discuss the security situation prior to the impending mass demonstrations on June 30.

A statement released by the presidency on the meeting underlined its view on the upcoming protests: “[President Mursi] stressed the importance of [both] dealing in a civil way with citizens who express their opinion peacefully, and responding to any violations of law or threats to state institutions.”

The statement had nothing to say about the “frustration” felt by the security officials regarding the president’s reaction on their plans to deal with the protests, the sources said.

Security reports reviewed by the intelligence chief Shehata affirmed that a wave of clashes is inevitably coming soon.

It would take no less than a month and no more than three months, according to their assessment.

The reports detailed how the situation could deteriorate, as well as the movement of some foreign dangerous elements inside the country, and revealed places where weapons are hidden.

Officers who agreed to be on the streets during the protests are demanding legal protection and guarantee that they would not be prosecuted if they were obliged to open fire during the expected riot acts.

The interior minister told the president that it would be very difficult to convince the police apparatus – both leadership and rank and file – to take sides in the current political battle, because the police had yet to recover from the intense public criticism they were subject to in the wake of the 2011 uprising.

“It would be ‘quite an achievement’ if I managed to convince police officers – especially the younger ones – not to take part in the planned demonstrations,” Interior Minister said.

Al Sisi reaffirmed the military’s desire to remain outside the current political debate between the president and his supporters on the one hand and the opposition on the other.

“We will not allow our country to dissolve into civil war or sectarian sedition. We secure our eastern borders strongly.” Al Sisi said.

The president was said to have kept silent throughout and observed the attendants while listening intently to their remarks.

Finally, he made a proposal to both ministers: preparing security forces for a possible declaration of a state of emergency should planned 30 June anti-government demonstrations turn violent.

The two, defence and interior ministers, turned down the proposal.

They advised the president that declaring the state of emergency in this period will be in vain.

Al Sisi reiterated the armed forces’ role as laid down by the constitution, along with the army’s apprehension about being dragged into a confused political situation that could subject the armed forces to the kind of “unkind” criticism seen during Egypt’s post-revolution period of military rule.

“The President didn’t comment. The meeting was ended with no result and no clear plan based on a presidential stance,” according to the sources.

This reaction, observers say, pushed Al Sisi to call on political parties on Sunday to find a formula of understanding and genuine reconciliation before June 30.

The protest will go on no matter what, and sources say it will be violent, as members of the Muslim Brotherhood may attack the protesters, even if they went about their protests peacefully.

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US Election: Trump Claims Victory Hours After Saying Biden Won

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US Election: Trump Claims Victory Hours After Saying Biden Won

Donald Trump

The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has declared himself the winner of the US Election 2020.

President Trump declared himself the winner of the US election in a tweet on Monday morning, November 16 by simply tweeting: “I won the election.”

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This came hours after he tweeted that his opponent Joe Biden “won because the election was rigged.”

The latest vote tallies project Democratic candidate, Biden a clear winner in the state-by-state Electoral College that decides the presidency, with 306 votes against Trump’s 232.

However, President Trump has remained defiant, continuously claiming he won the election free and fair.

US election: Trump claims victory hours after saying Biden won

 

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Former Ghana President, Jerry Rawlings Is Dead

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Former Ghana President, Jerry Rawlings Is Dead

Jerry Rawlings

Jerry Rawlings, a former Ghanaian president has reportedly died from suspected COVID-19 complications.

The former Ghanaian leader died at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, capital of Ghana on Thursday morning.

Rawlings led the country first as a military ruler and then as a democratically elected president between 1981 and 2001.

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Rawlings initially rose to power in Ghana as a flight lieutenant in the Ghana Air Force, following a coup détat in 1979.

After initially handing power over to a civilian government, he took control again in December 1981 as Head of State.

He was re-elected in 1996 for four more years.

Rawlings left office in 2000 after exhausting Ghana’s constitutional term-limit of eight years for Presidents.

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US Election Is Far From Over — Trump

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US Election Is Far From Over — Trump

Donald Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump has refused to concede after his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, secured the required number of electoral college votes to win the presidential race.

Shortly after Biden was projected winner, Trump in a defiant statement expressed that the election was “far from over” and criticised Biden for “rushing to falsely pose as the winner.”

“Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor.

Also Read: Joe Biden Defeats Trump To Win US Presidential Election

“Legal votes decide who is president, not the news media.

“Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated.

“The American people are entitled to an honest election, that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots,” Trump said.

 

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