CAIRO, Aug 14, 2013 (AFP)
CAIRO, Aug 14, 2013 (AFP)
Key developments in Egypt since the army ousted president Mohamed Morsi six week ago:
– Defence minister and army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousts Morsi after a wave of popular protests and appoints a caretaker president, chief justice Adly Mansour.
– Sisi freezes the Islamist-drafted constitution.
– Clashes between Morsi opponents and security forces, and between supporters and opponents of the ousted leader.
– Morsi is detained along with his guards at the defence ministry. – Arrest warrants issued for 300 officials of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood.
– Brotherhood supreme guide Mohammed Badie says “millions” of protesters will stay mobilised until Morsi’s return and condemns the takeover as a “military coup”.
– Clashes nationwide, mostly in Cairo, Alexandria and the Sinai Peninsula, kill 37 and injure hundreds more.
– Fifty-seven Morsi loyalists killed and 480 wounded in violence outside the Republican Guard headquarters in Cairo.
The Brotherhood says soldiers and police “massacred” its supporters.
– Mansour sets out a charter for a political transition and vows fresh elections by early 2014. The Brotherhood rejects the decree.
– Liberal economist Hazem al-Beblawi named prime minister.
– An interim government that includes no Islamist parties is sworn in.
– A court orders Morsi’s detention for questioning over suspected ties with Palestinian Islamist militant group Hamas in prison breaks and attacks on police.
– Morsi supporters and backers of the military stage huge rival rallies across Egypt.
– Eighty-one civilians and a police officer killed during clashes in Cairo, at a demonstration in support of Morsi.
– August 25 date set for opening of trial of six Muslim Brotherhood leaders for “incitement to murder”.
– The army says it has killed “60 terrorists” in the Sinai, where Islamist militants have stepped up attacks since Morsi’s ouster. Security forces report losses of around 30 men in their own ranks. Interim government threatens a crackdown after having shown restraint during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
– Security forces move in on the two huge protest camps, Rabaa al-Adawiya and Al-Nahda Square in Cairo, where thousands of Islamist supporters of Morsi have been demonstrating for his reinstatement. Health ministry says 149 are killed as the demonstrators are dispersed and in violence which spreads across the country.
– The authorities declare a month-long state of emergency and a curfew in several provinces, notably Cairo and Alexandria.
– Beblawi praises police for their “self-restraint” and says the country remains committed to an army-drafted roadmap which calls for elections in 2014.
– Interior ministry says 43 policemen were also killed, raising the official death toll to almost 200.
Already before Wednesday’s assault, more than 250 people, mainly supporters of Morsi, had been killed since late June in clashes with security forces and backers of the interim authorities.