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Friday, 9 August 2013

Egypt: Morsi's Wife Says He is coming back

The wife of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi has spoken at a rally celebrating Eid al Fitr, promising her husband is "coming back". Naglaa Mahmoud told thousands of his supporters to remain
defiant in the face of the military-backed government's warnings that security forces will clear the ongoing protests.

Mr Morsi's supporters have been protesting in the streets of Cairo since Egypt's first democratically elected leader was removed in what many see as a military coup at the start of July.
The new government, which has the backing of Egypt's powerful military, has told them that if they don't disperse, they will be removed.
Wearing a flowing veil that covered most of her body, Ms Mahmoud spoke to the crowds gathered at a sit-in at that Raba'a al Adawiya mosque in Cairo's Nasr City suburb.
She recited a verse from the Koran before delivering what she described as "good news," saying Egypt "is Islamic".
"We are victorious," Ms Mahmoud told the crowd, saying protesters would prevail.
It had been thought that Ms Mahmoud was held with her husband in an undisclosed location along with one of her children.
But demonstrators in Nasr City cheered her arrival to the makeshift stage. She did not say where she had been since the coup.
Mr Morsi is being held with his top aides, a number of whom have been transferred over the past days to a prison in southern Cairo.
They face charges including instigating violence that led to deadly street clashes between those who supported and those who opposed Mr Morsi's rule.
Mr Morsi's children also have joined the Nasr City protest camp and called for the release of their father.
The camp is the site of one of two sit-ins by Mr Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group and its allies.
Protesters demand Mr Morsi's reinstatement, restoration of the suspended constitution drafted under Mr Morsi and the return of his Islamist-dominated legislative council which was also disbanded.
Critics believe that the Brotherhood - one of the country's oldest religious and political groups - is rejecting any meditation with the new government in order to prompt a possibly bloody confrontation with security forces.
Foreign diplomats, including several senior American senators and European diplomats, as well as Arab foreign ministries have tried and failed to mediate between the two sides.
It appears that any state crackdown will wait until next week. The Cabinet statement said the government was keen not to take action during the Eid celebrations that mark the end of Ramadan.


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