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Egypt’s New PM To Announce Ministers In Days As Morsi Probe Starts

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Hazem El Beblawi

Hazem El Beblawi

Egypt’s new prime minister planned further talks on Sunday on forming a cabinet, as prosecutors looked at criminal complaints against ousted president Mohammad Mursi and members of his Muslim Brotherhood.

Hazem Al Beblawi held talks Saturday with candidates for ministerial posts accompanied by vice president Mohamed ElBaradei, and the consultations will continue on Sunday.

The new cabinet could be unveiled by Tuesday or Wednesday.

Beblawi said he expected the cabinet to be made up of 30 ministries. Their top priorities would be to restore security, ensure the flow of goods and services and prepare for parliamentary and presidential elections.

He has set a timetable for elections by early next year.

Al Beblawi is working to a roadmap drafted by the military, which toppled Morsi on July 3 after millions took to the streets calling on him to step down.

Morsi, the first freely elected president of Egypt, has not been seen in public since. Interim leaders say he is being held in a “safe place, for his own safety”.

The public prosecutor’s office said Saturday it was looking into complaints filed against Morsi and other members of the Brotherhood, including its general guide Mohammad Badie, with a view to launching a formal investigation.

The complaints include spying, inciting violence and damaging the economy, although the prosecutor’s office did not say who had made the allegations.

During his single year of turbulent rule, Morsi was accused of concentrating power in the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood, sending the economy into freefall and failing to protect minorities.

His supporters say his overthrow was a military coup and an affront to democracy. The Brotherhood has refused to join an interim government and tens of thousands of supporters took to the streets Friday to demand his reinstatement.

“There will be another mass protest on Monday,” Tareq Al Mursi, a Brotherhood spokesman said Saturday.

Protesters will also march on Monday to the Cairo headquarters of the elite Republican Guard – the scene of deadly violence seven days earlier, the spokesman told AFP. But he insisted it would be a peaceful protest.

In the worst single incident of the recent violence, clashes outside the Republican Guard headquarters killed 53 people on July 8, mostly Mursi supporters.

The Brotherhood accuses the army of “massacring” its activists. The army says soldiers were attacked by “terrorists” and armed protesters.

On Friday, Washington and Berlin called on the Egyptian military to release Mursi.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the United States wanted “an end to restrictions on Mr Morsi’s whereabouts”. Germany suggested the International Committee of the Red Cross should be granted access to him.

Rival demonstrators rallied in the capital on Friday, but while there had been fears of fresh violence, the evening passed off peacefully.

Tens of thousands of Islamist protesters gathered outside the Rabaa Al Adawiya mosque in Cairo’s Nasr City to pray and break their fast together on the first weekend of the holy month of Ramadan.

Morsi supporters have been camping outside the mosque, where many Brotherhood leaders have been holed up, some wanted by authorities.

Firebrand Islamist preacher Safwat Hegazi, wanted by police for questioning on suspicion of incitement to violence, said the crowds would pursue their protests for “one or two months or even one or two years”. [AFP]

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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Donald Trump and Melania

Donald Trump and wife, Melania Trump

President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

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On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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President of Mali, N’Daw, coup leader, Goita

Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

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It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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