A report published by the European Court of Auditors (ECA) is highly critical of EU aid spending to promote key areas of governance in Egypt in the periods before and after the Uprising of January 2011. “The ‘softly softly’ approach has not worked, and the time has come for a more focused approach which will produce meaningful results and guarantee better value for the European taxpayers’ money” stated Mr Karel Pinxten, the ECA member responsible for the report.
The youth-led Tamarod (rebel) Initiative has collected more than their targeted 15,000,000 signatures calling for a no-confidence vote against President Mohammed Morsi and forcing early elections in Egypt, causing the ruling Muslim Brotherhood party and its Islamists partners to feel seriously threatened, say political observers. Millions are expected to join a nationwide anti-Morsi and anti-Brotherhood demonstration set for June 30, to coincide with Morsi's first anniversary as president. Protesters in Cairo will go to the Presidential "Unity" Palace in the Heliopolis suburb of Cairo with their demands. "We will stay there until Morsi leaves," said Mahmoud Badr, spokesman for Tamarod. In every other Egyptian province local protests will be held. Expatriate Egyptians will also hold demonstrations in their respective countries.
Leading member of the Islamist group Gamaat Islamiyya, Sheikh Mohamed Mukhtar, known as Kishk of Upper Egypt, said, “June 30 will be the end of the insurgency adopted by traitors and members of the dissolved National Democratic Party.”
Mukhtar added, “We will not allow you to demolish and destroy the Islamic project. We do not talk on behalf of a group or a party, but the nation as a whole.”
The United States released a joint statement with the governments of Germany and Norway expressing their concern over the recent NGO verdict at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.
An Egyptian court has fined a Coptic Christian teacher 100,000 pounds ($14,300) for insulting Islam and proselytizing at a primary school in Upper Egypt.
The case of Demiana Ebeid Abdel-Nour will be referred to the designated court, Luxor Misdemeanors Court said in a faxed statement today. The case against her is based on a complaint lodged by the parents alleging that she insulted Islam during a class, court said. Abdel-Nour was released last month on 20,000 pounds bail pending further investigation.
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