Brotherhood calls for mass protests
Cairo (PTI): Egypt has braced itself for mass protests by angry supporters of deposed President Mohammed Mursi after Friday prayers following a...
Cairo (PTI): Egypt has braced itself for mass protests by angry supporters of deposed President Mohammed Mursi after Friday prayers following a massive crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood leadership by the Arab country's new army-backed administration. As supporters of Mursi - the nation's first freely elected President - are all set to take to the streets, the powerful army has appealed for conciliation and warned against revenge attacks as violent clashes continued overnight. The Muslim Brotherhood of which Mursi belongs called for countrywide demonstrations today despite fears that violence might further escalate. After the armed forces removed Mursi on Wednesday night, at least 11 people have been killed and 516 others injured in clashes across the country, according to figure issued by the Health Ministry here. In a statement, the 'National Alliance in Support of Electoral Legitimacy' asked its supporters "to mobilise in peaceful mass marches in all liberty squares and streets of Egypt, to be started from all mosques, after Friday prayers, to reject the heinous coup against popular will." The coalition "affirmed its full and categorical rejection of the military coup � against the President, the Constitution and democratic legitimacy � and all consequent actions and effects", the statement said. Following his ouster, 61-year-old Mursi was kept under detention along with some senior aides of his Muslim Brotherhood party. The group held army responsible for the safety of Mursi. AU suspends Egypt; Israel welcomes Mursi ouster ADDIS ABABA/CAIRO/JERUSALEM: The African Union suspended Egypt from the continental body on Friday after the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi, in line with its strict rules against unconstitutional changes of government. The AU's Peace and Security "council decided to suspend the participation of Egypt in AU activities until the restitution of constitutional order", said an official statement. The pan-African bloc met on Friday at AU headquarters in the Ethiopian capital to discuss the political crisis in Egypt, following Morsi's removal by the army on Wednesday. "The council reiterates the AU's condemnation and rejection of any illegal seizure of power," the statement added. "The overthrow of the democratically elected president does not conform to the relevant provisions of Egypt's constitution, and therefore falls under the definition of an unconstitutional change of government." Meanwhile, the Israeli Cabinet has so far stuck to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's order for silence on the subject. But MP Tzahi Hanegbi, who is close to Netanyahu, welcomed the ouster of Morsi, Egypt's first democratically-elected president who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood. "Israel's clear interest is for Egypt to remain stable, favourable to the West and the US, and that it does not let itself get carried away by a wave of religious extremism," said Hanegbi, former head of the Knesset (parliament) commission on defence and foreign affairs.