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Abul-Fotouh calls on Egypt's interim president to step down

Former presidential contender Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh condemns killing of at least 42 people at pro-Morsi protest as 'crime against humanity'

Ahram Online, Monday 8 Jul 2013
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Head of Strong Egypt Party Abdel Moneim Abul-Fotouh (Photo: Reuters)
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Strong Egypt Party leader Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh, a critic of former President Morsi, called on interim president Adly Mansour to step down after 42 people were killed in clashes between the army and pro-Morsi protesters at the Republican Guard headquarters on Monday. 

Abul-Fotouh, who resigned from the Muslim Brotherhood shortly after the 2011 uprising, told Al Jazeera that the incident was "a horrible crime against humanity and all Egyptians." 

Earlier on Monday, the Salafist Nour Party, which had initially agreed on Wednesday to the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi, announced that it "will withdraw from the political process" in response to the incident.

"We wanted to avoid bloodshed, but now blood has been spilled. So now we want to announce that we will end all negotiations with the new authorities," Nour added."We wanted to avoid bloodshed, but now blood has been spilled. So now we want to announce that we will end all negotiations with the new authorities," Nour added.

President Morsi was deposed by Egypt's Armed Forces on Wednesday following nationwide protests calling for his ouster. Judge Adly Mansour, the head of the High Constitutional Court, was sworn in as the country's interim president on Thursday. 

Morsi's removal sparked anger among his supporters, mainly Islamists, spearheaded by the Muslim Brotherhood.

At least 42 were killed and over 300 injured during clashes on Monday morning between supporters of former president Mohamed Morsi and the army at the Republican Guard headquarters in Cairo's Nasr City. 

In an official statement published by Al-Ahram Arabic news website, the army said an "armed terrorist group" attempted to break into the Republican Guard headquarters in the early hours of Monday and "attacked security forces."

One officer died and 40 soldiers were injured, including seven in critical condition, the statement said. 

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Elhami Abdou
09-07-2013 07:21am
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DOWN WITH NEXT PRESIDENT !
Dr. Abul-Futouh called on the interim president to step down! If this happen then the political situation will get worse and the military establishment will have no alternative other than to take over the country specially with the current crisis of finding and agreeing upon a prime minister. A classical Arab poet once said describing Egypt " Often there are laughters in Egypt that sound more weepy!"
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medo
08-07-2013 03:25pm
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disgusting!
Where was Mr Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh, When the children of Alexandria were thrown off rooftops and chopped up and killed??? Where was his condemnation of Muslims being killed then?? What a hypocrite!
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medo
09-07-2013 02:27am
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@mr almisry
Morsi was been?? Do you mean "morsi has been?" And the word is "bigot" not begot... Why not get yourself an education, then when finished, please feel free to talk politics with me. The fact that you, just as the rest of the Islamist movement also failed to mention in your badly written rant is the poor children... which was the only point of what i wrote.
Dr. Malek Towghi - USA
08-07-2013 10:00pm
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White Lies
You are telling white lies.
abdulrahman
08-07-2013 06:17pm
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New Method of Democracy
A commentator by the name of Hameeda "praised" your signature campaign and thought that the west now learn from you to use collection of signature for determining a government. I support that by saying that the new Egyptian Constitution should embody a clause stating that collection to replace election. You should agree.
Al-Misry
08-07-2013 03:48pm
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Nob Head
Morsi was been opposed like this since day one. Army thugs on your side. See how you can rule over majority Muslims you Begot.
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Alan
08-07-2013 02:55pm
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This is what you get...
This is what would happen when Egyptian dont respect the law... You dont like your current president? so,wait and vote in the next election.... now, who are suffering form that selfish act? yes..your citizens Egyptian has been condemned by the people around the world since this last week.. You have lost the respect which you had before from the people of the world
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Dr. Malek Towghi --USA
08-07-2013 11:57am
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.... being exposed
I am glad that the reality of the dirty & cruel "June 30-July 3 drama" is being exposed to the duped.
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