Egypt left leader urges immediate government formation

CAIRO Mon Jul 8, 2013 5:57am EDT

Leftist leader Hamdeen Sabahi talks during a news conference ahead of the planned protest against Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi, at the end of the month, in Cairo June 22, 2013. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih

Leftist leader Hamdeen Sabahi talks during a news conference ahead of the planned protest against Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi, at the end of the month, in Cairo June 22, 2013.

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CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's main left-wing political leader called on Monday for the immediate formation of an interim government to fill a dangerous political vacuum after a deadly clash between the army and Muslim Brotherhood supporters in which dozens were killed.

Former presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi, leader of the Popular Current party, told Reuters the new authorities created when the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi last week in response to mass protests could not afford to wait.

The appointment of a prime minister has been held up for two days because the ultra-conservative Islamist Nour Party rejected both secular candidates for the post nominated by army-backed interim head of state Adli Mansour.

"We cannot leave the country without a government. He should appoint the government today," Sabahi said, adding that Nour had been offered a position of deputy prime minister or vice-president.

"Of course it is better if the Nour Party participates, even if it puts some pressure on us. I can accept this pressure," he said.

"But they did not participate in the demonstrations of the January 25 revolution (which overthrew Hosni Mubarak in 2011) nor on June 30 (which led to Mursi's fall). So why do they have this veto?" he said.

Mansour initially offered the post to veteran liberal politician Mohamed ElBaradei, former head of the U.N. nuclear agency, and then to social democrat Ziad Bahaa el-Din, a commercial lawyer and former head of Egypt's investment authority.

Sabahi said it was important to have Islamist participation in the transition but he believed that Nour might revise its position and either join the government or join in the rewriting of the constitution once a new administration was formed.

Asked about Monday's clash outside Republican Guard barracks, in which medical sources said at least 42 people died, Sabahi said: "It is very bad news. Very painful. The troops have the duty to guard this building and deal with any attackers. But the result puts us in a bad situation."

The only beneficiaries of such bloodshed were the Muslim Brotherhood and others who sought to polarize the situation and drive Egypt to civil war, he added.

(Writing by Paul Taylor; editing by Mike Collett-White)

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stambo2001 wrote:
Hehe, they HAD a ‘legitimate’ democratically elected leader already, via an election that was internationally monitored. Mursi won. The military tossed him out and installed a new ‘government’ without any elections what so ever. Again, a democratically elected leader was removed from his post by the military and another puppet government installed with no vote. That IS the definition of a coup. Always has been. International media calls it a coup. Western main stream media calls it a coup. The African Union calls it a coup. The only people saying it’s not a coup are the American government and the minority mob that destroyed the democratic process.

It don’t matter if 33 million people marched, the population is 82.5 million. 33 million would be far less than the 41 million needed to come up with even 50% of the population. This is mob rule. This is democracy at the end of a barrel.

But you know what? I don’t think they even understand the difference.

But let’s face it, the Americans own the Egyptian military. They (the USA) don’t care who ‘runs’ Egypt so long as they pull the strings of the military puppets. Egyptians have to be insane if they think the American controlled Egyptian military is working for their betterment.

Jul 08, 2013 10:48am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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