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President Morsi declares state of emergency in Suez Canal cities
Egypt President Mohamed Morsi declares a state of emergency in Port Said, Suez and Ismailia in the wake of deadly clashes, calls for dialogue with opposition
Hatem Maher, Sunday 27 Jan 2013
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Egypt President Mohamed Morsi has on Sunday declared a 30-day state of emergency in Port Said, Suez and Ismailia, the three governorates which have witnessed deadly clashes since the second anniversary of the Egyptian revolution on 25 Jan.

During a speech broadcast on state television, the under-fire Morsi has also said a curfew will be imposed in the three cities from 9 pm to 6 am during the duration of the emergency state in an attempt to curb increasing violence.

The Islamist president's decisions take effect from Monday.

"I always said I'm against any exceptional measures, but I also said I might resort to such measures if I had to. I may even do more for the sake of Egypt, it's my duty," a glum-looking Morsi added.

Morsi was criticised by his opponents for what they perceived as his poor reaction to nationwide clashes that left dozens dead, including more than 30 in restive city Port Said.

Anger boiled in the coastal city over a court verdict that sentenced 21 football fans to death after they were convicted of killing the supporters of Cairo-based club Ahly in last year's infamous disaster in Port Said.

Clashes are still ongoing in Port Said, with angry protesters and police forces reportedly firing gunshots at each other. Army was deployed in Port Said and Suez, another city which is a scene of constant confrontations, but it has so far failed to contain the growing violence.

"I instructed interior ministry officials to strictly deal with whoever threatens the people, public and private institutions. Everybody should be aware that Egypt's institutions are capable of defending the country against any threats," Morsi added.

Morsi, who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood, also saluted the army and police for "their efforts to protect the country".

"The recent acts have nothing to do with the revolution, they are against the law and incited by counter revolution. The Egyptian people reject such actions, which are condemned by honorable revolutionaries," he said.

National Dialogue

Morsi has also reiterated calls for national dialogue, which he described as necessary to overcome the ongoing turmoil that has plunged Egypt into deep economic and political crises.

"We have no option but to engage in a dialogue, this is the only way to pass the current phase and achieve stability," he stated.

"I decided to invite the political figures for a national dialogue tomorrow."

The National Salvation front, Egypt's main opposition, listed five demands that included forming a new government and amending the "distorted constitution", which was approved by around 64 per cent of Egyptian voters in a national referendum last month.

Opposition says the new constitution does not fulfill the goals of the revolution because it "disregards" the rights of women and the minorities, including Christians who make up about 10% of Egypt's population.

Morsi supporters believe the new constitution puts Egypt on the right path to democracy.

The Brotherhood, oppressed for decades by military strongmen, propelled Morsi into power in Egypt's first free elections last year.



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Mads Doss
30-01-2013 01:00pm
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Qualified to lead?
The education of engineer makes a man capable to build a brigde and this is what he can - leading´╗┐ a country is clearly more than what he can handle. Never in all the history of Egypt has the country been more split up and in a worse economic situation and that is thanks to the engineer and prison fugetive Morsy. This is a matter of facts, so Morsy should face the facts and step down.
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ezzkinawi
28-01-2013 09:48pm
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WILL THEY LET ISLAMIC MODEL SUCCEED ?
MORSI HAS MANY MISTAKES , BUT ANY OTHER PERSON AS PRESIDENT WOULD HAVE SIMMILLAR OR BIGGER MISTAKES IF RULING THE COUNTRY IN SUCH CIRCUMISTANCES ,( MEDIA ,TV , BROADCASTING , ) ALL ARE WORKING AGAINEST HIM BESIDE THE BIG BUSINESSMEN FINANCING THE DISTURBANCE IN THE COUNTRY I THINK HE SHOULD TAKE STRONG ACTION WITH THE RESOURCES OF TROUBLE IN EGYPT OTHERWISE WE WILL ALL PAY TOO MUCH . I AM WONDERING OF THIS MAN (DR. BARADEY) WHO HAS LEFT THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS DECLARING HIS WITHDRAWAL AT THE TIME IN WHICH I WAS ABOUT TO SELECT HIM , WHY HE IS SAYING EVERY DAY SOMETHING AGINST THE STABILITY OF EGYPT I WISH HE COULD UNDERSTAND NOT TO TALKE BY THE NAME OF EGYPTIAN PEOPLE BUT ONLY BY THE NAME OF HIS MINORITY PARTY , THIS IS ENOUGH. PLS WE DONT NEED GOD FATHER ANY MORE . HOWEVER THE NEXT PARLEMANT ELECTIONS WILL SHOW HOW MUCH IS YOUR AND YOUR COLLEAGUES SIZE IN EGYPT ENG , EZZ
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Democracia
28-01-2013 03:48pm
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Ultima Ratio
To declare State of Emergency should be and is for sure the absolute Ultima Ratio for (nearly) every head of state in the world in a crisis situation. For Morsy it seems to be the first best choice to reinstall this emergency law... No other idea for a way out??? Sad and dangerous....
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Desoukki, Fayoum
28-01-2013 02:51pm
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Not on Ekhean Terms
They failed and we will never accept their rule and backward thinkings and criminal acts.
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Sumon Bhuiyan
28-01-2013 11:41am
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Go ahead Mr. President.May Allah bless you.I am from Bangladesh.
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Sumon Bhuiyan
28-01-2013 11:38am
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Go ahead Mr, President.May Allah bless you.I am from Bangladesh.
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Denise
28-01-2013 06:25pm
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Democracy
That would be typical coming from someone from Bangladesh, not a lot of democracy there, i take my hat off to these people fighting for there freedom, dont forget in a democracy you can also choose your religion and you dont have to be afraid of being imprisoned or even worse sentenced to death. Long live democracy whatever your religion.
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Ahmed
28-01-2013 08:05am
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State of Emergency,Security First
Though late but not "Too Late".Yes, the state and the president is responsible for the saftey & security of the public and their property.This is not polictics or freedom of expression,this is purely vandalism,millitancy and act of destruction.These are not revolutionaries but are thugs who defame the revolution of great egyption people.No one should be allowed to kill the people and destroy the public & private property,disturb the normal life of eyptians in the name of freedom of expression.President should also take firm action against the instigators of these events.This is not difference of opinon but agenda of destabizing the nation.
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Abas
28-01-2013 03:13am
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Am not an Egyptian but I love Egypt and Am Strongly urging all Egyptians to united the future, the interest of the the great nation of Egypty specially protesters please stop the countries assets you have such blessed great and becon of knowlage country
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Abas
28-01-2013 03:13am
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Am not an Egyptian but I love Egypt and Am Strongly urging all Egyptians to united the future, the interest of the the great nation of Egypty specially protesters please stop the countries assets you have such blessed great and becon of knowlage country
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Feed Up
28-01-2013 01:01am
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Where is Egypt heading?
Egypt is continuing to go downhill and fast. I cannot see Egypt getting better anytime soon. I had such great hopes for Egypt after the revolution. Although I didn't want Morsi to be president, he is the first democratically elected president whether we like it or not. Get over this and start working together to fix the country. I have completely lost faith in the opposition. You were not able to organise yourselves during the election and now that you have you want things your way. The NSF still has to prove itself that it can make a difference. I don't see anything but some power hungry group of people using childhood tactics to gain some political advantage. We all see this and I am personally feed up. Instead of constantly refusing to participate and demanding things, engage in dialogue for the sake of the country. Do something constructive. We have 30 years of mess that we have to clean up. Work together and think about politics later. You will have your chance at the next electio
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Siddiqui
28-01-2013 10:40am
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Mubarak's Ghosts
Amar Moussa- Mubarak's Foreign Minister, Mohammad El-Bradei- was appointed to IAEA by Mubrak. Hamdeen Sabahi- Nasserite-(General Nasser was the mentor of Anwar sadat the mentor of Mubarak). Its a childish revenge game. I will eat banana- skinn it off, after skinning off, the child say, no put the skin back, otherwise I will cry.

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