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Mursi’s Supporters Allege Military Coup As Army Tightens Grip On Egypt

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Egypt Protests Threatens Government Overthrow

Egypt’s military moved to tighten its control of key institutions Wednesday, as security forces imposed a travel ban on President Mohammad Mursi and several top Islamist allies over their involvement in a prison escape in 2011, amid claims of a “military coup.”

“For the sake of Egypt and for historical accuracy, let’s call what is happening by its real name: Military coup,” Essam Al Haddad, Mursi’s national security adviser, said in a statement on Facebook.

As tensions mounted and crowds poured into the streets to demand Mursi’s resignation, Al Haddad said: “As I write these lines I am fully aware that these may be the last lines I get to post on this page.”

Airport officials confirmed to AFP that they had received orders to prevent the leaders – including Mursi, Muslim Brotherhood chief Mohammad Badie and his deputy Khairat Al Shater – from travelling abroad.

Earlier, a deadline set by the Egyptian army to Mursi to “respond to the people’s demands” expired, with the Islamist leader renewing his rejection of the opposition call for his resignation.

Mursi repeated his calls for “national reconciliation dialogue” to form a coalition government, a suggestion vehemently turned down by the opposition who believed the call came a little too late.

Defence Minister Abdul Fattah Al Sisi had “consultation” talks with leaders from the opposition and the country’s Muslim and Coptic institutions amid talks about a roadmap being drawn up by the army including Mursi’s overthrow.

Mohammad Al Baradei, a leader in the main opposition bloc, the National Salvation Front, attended the talks. Al Azhar Shaikh Ahmad Al Tayyeb and Pope Tawadross II of the Coptic Orthodox Church also attended, according to close sources. The army was set to issue a statement.

Thousands of Mursi’s opponents flocked to major squares around the nation, including Tahrir Square in Cairo, putting pressure on the army to remove Mursi from power.

Voices have been raised over the past months on Mursi’s style of leadership and policies, with the president sticking to his guts and his massive Muslim Brotherhood support to ‘impose’ his will on a few occasions which is now too much for his opponents to bear.

Mursi has remained defiant despite different calls. He apparently didn’t see the protests which started on June 30 coming, or he had his plans. Whether he will be able to hold his own in the middle of all of these or commit to reason and work something out with the, now involved army, and the opposition remains to be seen.

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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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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.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

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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