Egyptian media reported statements by Reverend Philopater Gamil about the popular demands for Egypt’s military council hand to transfer power to an elected civilian authority. It also reported the initiative by Tahrir field hospital doctors to treat security forces and reported the statements by the Minister of Interior indicating the securing of elections depends on the situation in Tahrir Square.
Youm7 received information there is currently conflict between police officers in the police officers coalition and officers who still have allegiance to the former Minister of Interior Habib al-Adly. The latter are attempting to open the prisons and let convicts out and generally cause chaos any way they can.
Youm7’s sources said these officers believe will be attacked after the clashes in Tahrir calm down to placate public opinion since they are disobeying orders.
Revrend Philopater told Youm7 the incidents in Tahrir feel like a repetition of what occurred in the Maspiro clashes on October 9.
He also said the demand to oust Egypt’s ruling military council is a revolutionary demand that must not be forgotten after so many were killed by the military.
A number of doctors at Tahrir field hospital went to the headquarters of the Ministry of Interior through Mohamed Mahmoud St. and offered a truce to security forces and were welcomed. A physiotherapist one member of the team of nine doctors, Abdul Rahman Al-Hawari, said they treated a number of central security forces. He added most of the injuries were wounds in the head resulted from slinging stones from the demonstrators.
President of the Egyptian Awqaf Authority Majid al-Ghalib prepared plots of land to establish housing units to contribute in solving the housing problem experienced by the province of Gharbeia. The land will be reduced by 25 percent of its current price on housing.
Dozens of people gathered in front of the Zeinhom morgue to receive the bodies of the ones who perished in the events in Tahrir Square for burial.
Some unknown people distributed publications in Masr el-Kadima, with the names of several members of the dissolved National Democratic Party (NDP) who will participate in the next parliamentary elections. These lists are made to warn voters against them. The publications contain Quranic verses, leading many to speculate this is the work of the Freedom and Justice Party or Al-Nour Salafi Party.
President of the National Council for Human Rights and former Secretary General of the UN, Boutros Ghali said in an interview that Egypt needs a leader who combines both efficiency and public support. But the most important reason for the fall of Mubarak’s regime was the weakness of the regime, its corruption and its inability to innovate.
He always feared the future of Egypt and feared for its image abroad, pointing out Egypt previously had a strong policy for two reasons: first, Egypt played an influential role in the decolonization of African countries; second, Egypt’s political presence is important in Africa, because it helped liberation movements with experts and weapons. Egypt also participated in the establishment of the Non-Aligned Movement.
Egyptian Minister of Interior (MOI) Mansour al-Essawi paid a surprise visit to Al-Azhar Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb. This visit was made after statements by al-Tayeb demanding MOI officers to issue orders to stop violence against civilians.
Al-Essawi explained to Al-Tayeb the MOI did not fire bullets at the demonstrators, proven by data issued by the Ministry of Interior on Saturday November 19.
Director of Cairo security Mohsen Murad said the recent events in Tahrir will negatively affect the elections of the People’s Assembly and Shura Council. He stressed the Directorate developed a security plan court to secure the elections, but may fail if all the political forces do not unite.
Egypt’s ruling military council called upon Egyptians to be vigilant and unite together against any threat to security and stability of Egypt. It pointed out the confrontation between demonstrators and security forces may have repercussions, which can expose the Ministry of Interior to serious risks affecting the state of security and stability for a long time to come.
The statement concluded the armed forces did not and will never fail Egypt and Egyptians and it will continue to protect security and stability of Egypt and its future.
The newspaper revealed there are nine candidates for the post of Egypt’s Prime Minister of the new transitional government including. These names include Mohamed el-Baradei, Amr Moussa, Hisham al-Bastawisi, Mohamed Ghoneim, Hossam Issa, Kamel al-Ganzoury, Hassan Mansour, Hazem al-Biblawi and Abdul Jalil Mustafa.
The sources said the process of differentiation and selection is very difficult because of the great differences between the nine candidates. Because there is no consensus on any of them, the formation of the new government faces significant obstacles.
Originally published on Youm7 English