Egypt`s PM seeks talk to resolve political crisis
Cairo: After weeks of anti-regime protests
and violent clashes, Egyptian Premier Kamal Ganzoury on Thursday
sought a national dialogue to resolve the political crisis and
also warned that the country`s economy was rapidly
78-year-old Ganzoury said that USD nine billion of
investments were lost due to instability and insecurity in the
"USD 9 billion left Egypt in the past few months," the
military-appointed Prime Minister told a press conference.
His remarks came as Field Marshal Muhammad Hussein
Tantawy, head of Egypt`s ruling military council, issued a
decree for the new People`s Assembly to hold its first session
on January 23, two days before the first anniversary of the
revolution that led to the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.
Ganzoury also noted that the countries, which had
promised aid, did not deliver because of internal differences.
"Only a billion has arrived" out of USD 10.5 billion
pledged by Arab countries, he said.
He also noted that the G-8 had promised USD 35 billion
for Egypt and Tunisia. "Nothing has arrived yet.
Ganzoury called for dialogue among political parties
as a means to achieve peace following weeks of protests
against the military rule.
At least 100 people have been killed in clashes between
protesters and security forces and in sectarian violence since
military took power in February after the ouster of Mubarak.
Ganzoury stressed on the importance of removing the
barriers, which have become a mark of the downtown area, in
order for people and the foreign media to sense that security
has returned to the country.
The Premier said the ruling Generals want to hand over
power to a civilian government. "They want to leave today, not
tomorrow," he said, without elaborating.
The Prime Minister`s press conference came a day after
Egyptian Minister of Justice Adel abd-al-Hamid claimed that he
had evidence that money was handed over to protesters for
attacks on security personnel.
It also came amid calls for Egyptians to converge in the
iconic Tahrir Square here tomorrow to mark a "Friday to
Meanwhile, media reports said that efforts are being made
for carrying out a second revolution on January 25 to complete
the goals of the first one.
According to a highly-placed source, there have been
contacts between some elements at home and abroad to carry out
a second revolution, this time against the military rule, that
could lead to bloody confrontations, MENA news agency
Security departments have managed over the past few days
to spot these movements and contacts that are meant to drag
the country into chaos and civil war, the source said.
The government has taken all measures, including security
ones, to foil the plot and protect installations and
Egyptians, the report said.
Separately, spokesman for the ruling council Mohamed
Khuli said that some members, who had quit in protest against
the army crackdown on a sit-in outside Cabinet offices, have
withdrawn their resignations, while five still insist on
Meanwhile, hundreds of students in the capital today
marched against the military amid low turnout in the second
day of voting in run-off elections.
A third round of voting will begin on January 3 for the
polls that has till now been dominated by Islamist group
Muslim Brotherhood, which has refused to openly join calls by
secular and liberal activists for the ruling military to move
up its handover of power to civilians.
At least 14 people have been killed in a week of clashes
between Egyptian security forces and anti-military protesters.
Thousands of people, including women, took to the streets
in the heart of the Egyptian capital on Tuesday against the
brutal crackdown on female protesters by troops during the
agitation seeking the end of military dominance in the
governance of the country.
The international community, including the US has
denounced the crackdown on Egyptian women as "shocking" and a
"disgrace" to the state after troops were shown ripping off a
female protester`s clothes.
The latest round of flare up started a day after the
second phase of parliamentary polls closed when soldiers
stormed an anti-military protest outside the Cabinet building,
a short distance from Tahrir last week.
Egypt`s ruling military council, which is governing the
country after President Mubarak was overthrown in February,
has blamed the protesters for violence and accused them of
plotting to burn down the Parliament.
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