Egypt Press Review: Nov. 27

Egyptian newspapers today reported that Abbassiya protesters threatened to hold an open-ended protest if Mohamed el-Baradei becomes the new Egyptian Prime Minister, the Attorney-General plans to question 13 people in the Ministry of the Interior over those police officers who allegedly targeted protesters’  eyes during the recent Tahrir uprising.



An investigation into the killing of protestors is inevitable and cannot be avoided, said new Egyptian Prime Minister Kamal el-Ganzouri.

He also opposed the delay of trials saying, “if trials for former regime members were now completed, we would not have any unrest.”

Defendants will be sent to trial, no matter their position or prominence.

“I am working to stop the bloodshed between the security forces and the protestors and I will confront any strife incited by the media,” el-Ganzouri added.

“No civilians will be tried before military courts going forward,” he added.

El-Ganzouri held a meeting with youth from the revolution yesterday, saying that he accepted the PM post after praying to God for help and guidance.

El-Ganzouri also called on likely presidential candidate Mohamed el-Baradei, former Information Minister Mansour Hassan, and potential presidential candidates Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh and Hamdeen Sabbahi to form an advisory council to the Egyptian Cabinet.

“Returning security to the Egyptian streets is my main priority,” he added after a meeting with the Police Officers Coalition.

“The Egyptian stock market is experiencing a difficult and tumultuous phase,” said financial analyst Mohamed Abdul Motelb.

“The stock market depends on two elements,” he continued. “Passing the parliamentary elections and the forming of a so-called national salvation government.”

The stock market lost 21.06 billion EGP (U.S. $3.52 billion) during the weeklong Tahrir uprising.



The Egyptian Attorney General today began an investigation into the killing of one protestor by an Central Security Forces armored vehicle.

The AG’s team yesterday visited the morgue to view the body and the AG decided to confiscate the vehicle and detain the driver.

The Abbassiya protestors yesterday ended their protest in order to resume normal traffic flow, but confirmed that protests in solidarity with the military council will resume.

These protestors asked the military council to remain in power until the transitional phase ends, adding that they are preparing for a large protest on Friday.

They will not stop their protest until Tahrir Square is completely cleared, they claim, adding that they refuse Mohamed el-Baradei for the position of Prime Minister and instead accept Kamal el-Ganzouri’s appointment.

They threatened to hold an open-ended protest if el-Baradei becomes the new Egyptian prime minister.


Al-Masry al-Youm

The Attorney-General is questioning 13 officials in the ministry of the interior over the recent Tahrir uprising, sources today said.

Mansour el-Issawy, the former minister of the interior, is not among these officials.

Most Tahrir protestors died as a result of gunshots or blunt force trauma from rocks or other blunt objects, reported Dr. Ashraf al-Refaei, who recently completed a report on Tahrir injuries and deaths.

The Cairo Attorney-General is also investigating Mahmoud Shenawi, the police officer accused of directly targeting protestors’ eyes during the recent clashes. The investigation is being handled in secret so as to protect Shenawi, sources added.

Head of the Supreme Electoral Committee Abdel Moez Ibrahim today denied that elections in Cairo and Alexandria would be delayed.

“Delaying elections is not the Committee’s mission and such a decision requires the military ruling council.”



There are three reasons why the former regime withdrew, according to Hossam Badrawi, a professor in the medicine faculty at Cairo University. First, the domination of executive authority over legislative authority, second the attempt to attract legislative authority inside the executive authority and the delay of political reform.

The executive authority must serve the people and meet their demands, he added.



Members of the ruling military council today asked presidential candidates to support the new Egyptian prime minister Kamal el-Ganzouri.

Mohamed el-Baradei condemned the decision to appoint el-Ganzouri, sources said.

El-Ganzouri is preparing to form an advisory council, including el-Baradei, Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh and Hazem Salah Abu Isamil.

SCAF Chief Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi yesterday met el-Baradei and Amr Moussa, the paper reported.



Kamal el-Ganzouri is not prevented from traveling, a source today reported, and the Attorney General did not make any decision to impede his travel.

 Originally published on Youm7 English

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