CAIRO, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's interim Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi said dissolving the Muslim Brotherhood group isn't a solution to the ongoing political crisis, softening his rhetoric regarding the Islamist group, official news agency MENA reported on Wednesday.
"Dissolving the group or its Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) is not the solution, and it is wrong to make decisions under turbulent condition," MENA quoted Beblawi as saying in an interview with the privately-owned satellite TV channel MBC Masr late Tuesday.
"It is better for us to monitor parties and groups in the framework of politics without dissolving them or letting them act in secret," said Beblawi, pointing out that abiding by the laws will be the criteria for members of the group or its party to determine its fate.
On Aug. 17, Beblawi has officially proposed to the minister of social affairs, who is responsible for licensing non-governmental organizations, to dissolve the brotherhood group as it was not legally established.
Founded in 1928, the Brotherhood had been dissolved in 1954 after opposing publically the Anglo-Egyptian pact signed by late president Gamal Abdel Nasser and the British government.
Secretly working as a charitable organization during the following decades, the group established its political arm FJP in 2011 after toppling President Hosni Mubarak. It won the most parliament seats in the last elections in 2012.
In early July, the group staged sit-ins to show support to ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, but the sit-iners were dispersed by security forces, which killed nearly 1,000 people, including about 100 policemen.
Thousands of the group members, including the Supreme Guide of the Brotherhood Guidance Bureau Mohamed Badie and his two deputies, were arrested over charges of inciting violence and killing anti- Morsi protesters.
ADDIS ABABA, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- The African Union (AU) High- Level Panel for Egypt undertakes a week-long mission in the North African country being gripped by turmoil.
The pan-African bloc said in a statement on Wednesday that the Aug. 28-Sept. 3 mission is in pursuance of the relevant pronouncements of the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) on the situation in Egypt. Full story
CAIRO, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- At least two supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohamed Morsi were killed and dozens wounded late Tuesday in clashes in the southern city of Beni Suef, a security source said.
Hundreds of pro-Morsi protesters marching through the city clashed with local residents, the source said. Security forces on the site intervened and stopped the fighting.Full story
CAIRO, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- Today, when Egypt is busy drafting plans for a future to lead the country out of chaos, its past seems to be in peril as well, as the ongoing political turmoil and consequent violence put the country's priceless fortune of history under threat.
In one of the biggest looting incidents the world has even seen, over 1,000 artifacts were stolen from the Malawi Museum in the central Minya governorate on Aug. 14.Full story
CAIRO, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- An Egyptian court decided Sunday to adjourn the trial of ex-president Hosni Mubarak to Sept.14, on charges of inciting violence and murdering protesters, state-TV reported.
Presided by judge Mahmoud Kamel, Cairo Criminal Court decided to adjourn the retrial of Mubarak, his two sons, Alaa and Gamal, former interior minister Habib Al Adli and six of his aides, for considering the huge amounts of documents over the case.Full story