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Egypt: Islamists press generals to fire government

News4u-News Desk-Cairo, (PTI) Egypt has ruled out any additional nuke commitments unless Israel signs NPT, even as it asked for making the West Asia a nuclear free zone.
Egypt rejects calls for additional commitments on the shoulders of non-nuclear Arab countries before Israel signs the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul-Gheit was quoted by the ministry’s spokesman as saying during a meeting with International Commission on NPT and Disarmament (ICNND) co-chairs Gareth Evans and Yoriko Kawaguchi.
The minister called upon the ICNND to include Arab demands to establish a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the West Asia, stressing the importance of pressuring Israel to join the treaty.
He also stressed the importance of preserving NPT member states’ right to develop national nuclear programs for peaceful use. Israel is the only country in the Middle East so far to own nuclear heads.

News4u-News Desk-Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood -led parliament has begun drawing up a no-confidence motion against the military-appointed govt, further escalating the Islamists’ increasingly public power struggle with the country’s ruling generals.

The Islamists were also squabbling with liberal and secular groups over the commission that is to draw up the nation’s new constitution.

After the Brotherhood took a clear majority on the 100-member body for itself, 25 other members resigned.

The latest was the representative of Al-Azhar, the pre-eminent institute of Islamic learning in the Sunni Muslim world.

Yesterday, a meeting between the Islamists and liberals chaired by military ruler Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi produced no compromises.

Liberals fear the Islamists plan to impose their religious agenda on the constitution.

Islamists say liberals are a minority who have no popular support.

Relations between the military and the Brotherhood have deteriorated in recent weeks, as the fundamentalist group has pushed for the army to fire the Cabinet for alleged incompetence.

The Brotherhood wants to form a new government, a task it claims is urgent because of Egypt’s deteriorating security and economic situation.

During a heated session in parliament yesterday, lawmakers lambasted Prime Minister Kamal el-Ganzouri’s government for its performance, accusing it of wasting billions of dollars of public funds.

Six Cabinet ministers stormed out in protest.

Lawmakers also started drafting a motion for a vote of no confidence in the government, said parliamentarian Hussein Ibrahim.

He said that parliament, where the Brotherhood and other Islamists hold nearly 75 per cent of the seats, will vote on the measure within two weeks.

“No one can give a kiss of life to a dead government,” lawmaker Osama Yassin said.

While Egypt’s interim constitution does not give parliament the power to dismiss the Cabinet, a no-confidence vote would be a sharp blow to the ruling generals and make it difficult for them to continue backing el-Ganzouri’s government.

 

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