Update Egypt: arrest Brotherhood leader ordered; El-Beblawi interim PM

On 10 July public prosecutor has ordered the arrest of Mohamed Badie, leader of the Muslim Brotherhood movement. He is accused of inciting the violence during a protest in Cairo that left at least 51 people killed. Other high level Brotherhood officials are already in detention while hundreds arrest warrants for other officials have been issued. The prosecutor’s order comes after violent clashes, and attempts by the newly named prime minster to form a government. On 9 July, namely, Egypt's interim head of state, Adli Mansour, named 76-year old economist and academic Hazem el Beblawi as interim prime minister. In 2011 el Beblawi was appointed deputy prime minister for economic affairs and finance minister in a cabinet reshuffle, after the removal of former president Mubarak. Mohamed el Baradei, who headed the National Salvation Front (NSF) until Morsi was deposed, was named as deputy president.

Egyptian military takes control, puts Morsi in prison

On July 2nd, the Egyptian army issued a 48 hour-ultimatum and warned that it will intervene if the ‘demands of the people are not met.’ A few hours later helicopters carrying huge Egyptian flags flew over the Egyptian capital and other cities. President Mohammed Morsi has rejected the ultimatum, saying it will only sow confusion. ‘Obviously we feel this is a military coup, but the conviction is that the coup won’t be able to move forward without American approval.’

Morsi: 'Our hands are extended'

On June 26 the Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi warned in a widely broadcasted speech that polarization was threatening the country’s democratic process. He also acknowledged he had made some ‘mistakes’, and offered opponents a say in amending the new constitution. The speech comes days before the planned massive demonstration on June 30, the day will mark a year since Morsi won the Presidential elections.

First Future Leaders Training held in the MENA region

Between June 7th and June 9th the European Forum, in cooperation with the Alfred Mozer Stichting, the UK Labour Party and the Al-Sindyan Institute organized for the first time a Future Leaders Training for 24 young and promising participants from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in Amman, Jordan. The participants came from social democratic and left progressive parties from Morocco, the Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan.

Training met Ettakatol in Tunesië‎

Afgelopen weekend (31 augustus-1 september) reisden FMS trainers naar Tunesië om een training te geven aan de sociale democratische zusterpartij Ettakatol. De training werd georganiseerd in samenwerking met de Britse Labour Party. Namens de Labour Party gingen er twee trainers mee. Tunesië bereidt zich voor op verkiezingen, die momenteel gepland staan voor december. Ettakatol is alvast begonnen zich op deze verkiezingen zo goed mogelijk voor te bereiden. Daarom vroeg de partij ons om een campagnetraining te verzorgen voor campagneleiders en kandidaten.

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