Analysis

Egypt: Trouble for Transition Plan; Crackdown on Brotherhood
A poster of deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi hangs on barbed wire in front of soldiers guarding the headquarters of the Republican Guard in Cairo on July 9, 2013, where Morsi is believed to be held. (MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)
July 10, 2013
| Security
| Middle East and North Africa
Summary
SITUATION REPORT
 
Resistance by Egypt’s main opposition coalition yesterday to the interim president’s plan to amend the constitution and hold new elections within six months indicates trouble ahead for the transition process. If the interim government cannot win over major opposition groups, the transition is likely to be seen as unrepresentative and no better than the Morsi regime.
 
The interim government today ordered the arrest of Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie and nine other Brotherhood members for inciting violence that led to the deaths of 55 people outside the Republican Guard headquarters in Cairo on July 9. Also today, acting Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi offered cabinet positions to the Muslim Brotherhood’s political party, an offer it immediately rejected.
The army-backed interim government received a vote of confidence from the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia yesterday after they pledged up to $8 billion in loans and grants to boost the country’s deteriorating economy and dire lack of foreign exchange. 
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