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MPs push for no-confidence vote as PA continues to slam gov’t report

By Safaa Abdoun CAIRO: The People’s Assembly (PA) criticized the government’s first annual report for its lack of vision and plan during the transitional period and its failure to propose urgent solutions to the ongoing crises as it continued to discuss the report Monday. Some MPs implied that the discussion has dragged on more than needed, …

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People’s Assembly slams government report

By Heba Hesham CAIRO: Egypt’s lawmakers slammed the government’s first annual report to parliament, which was presented by Prime Minister Kamal El-Ganzoury on Feb. 26. Parliament convened Sunday to resume discussion of a PA committee report on the Cabinet’s statement, devoting five sessions to the subject, which many see as a step towards a no-confidence …

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Parliament, gov’t reach settlement over IMF loan, says report

By Reem Abdellatif CAIRO: After much debate over the $3.2 billion International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan and a year-long stalemate, Egypt’s finance minister finally convinced parliament to accept the loan, official media said. Mumtaz Al-Saeed, Egypt’s minister of finance, has relayed the severity of the country’s economic situation to members of the People’s Assembly convincing the …

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Ministers walk out of PA session upon corruption allegations

By Safaa Abdoun CAIRO: Accusations of government corruption by an MP Thursday triggered a walkout by ministers who left the PA session in objection. Commenting on the government’s annual report, MP Ashraf Badreldin alleged that ministers pocket money from special funds. “There are no measures to combat corruption in the management of special funds,” said the …

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FJP determined to sack government

By Omnia Al Desoukie CAIRO: Representatives of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) said Thursday that all options are open to confront the ruling military council and sack the current transitional government, including organizing mass protests. Head of the party’s parliamentary bloc Hussein Ibrahim accused the government of covering up corruption cases and ignoring crime, describing …

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Islamists warn military over government backing

By AFP CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood warned the ruling military Saturday over its backing of the current government, which it accuses of stalling the revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak and saw Islamists dominate parliament. The Muslim Brotherhood’s political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party, has been pressuring the military to sack the cabinet and appoint …

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PA ends session due to government no-show

By Safaa Abdoun CAIRO: People’s Assembly Speaker Saad El-Katatny ended Wednesday’s session shortly after it started because Cabinet ministers were absent. “I’m telling the government and the Egyptian people that the [PA] you voted for is capable of withdrawing the confidence from the government and determining the responsibilities of the prime minister,” said El-Katatny. The Freedom …

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INTERVIEW: Brotherhood takes softer line on Egypt gov’t

By Tom Perry and Edmund Blair / Reuters CAIRO: Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood said on Tuesday it recognized its demand to sack Prime Minister Kamal El-Ganzoury’s cabinet is unlikely to be heeded by the ruling generals but that it did not want a standoff with the army, toning down tough talk by some of its MPs. The …

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PA seeks to withdraw confidence from Ganzoury government

By Safaa Abdoun CAIRO: The People’s Assembly will take steps towards withdrawing confidence from Egypt’s government, parliament speaker Saad El-Katatny said during Sunday’s session. After listening to statements from the ministers of international cooperation, aviation and justice regarding the NGO trial, El-Katatny asked MPs to vote on withdrawing confidence from Prime Minister Kamal El-Ganzoury’s government. Forty-three …

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Egypt parliament to reject government in vote: Brotherhood

By Tom Perry / Reuters CAIRO: The Egyptian parliament is likely to declare it has lost confidence in the government of Prime Minister Kamal El-Ganzoury via a formal vote, Muslim Brotherhood leaders said on Thursday, a move that will add to pressure on the ruling military council to appoint a Cabinet led by the group. Emboldened …

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Political parties debate no-confidence vote against Egypt government

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: Political parties and figures are divided over a possible no-confidence vote against Prime Minister Kamal El-Ganzoury’s government. Several parties, including the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), which holds around 47 percent of the seats in the People’s Assembly, are considering passing a no-confidence vote against the Cabinet of Ministers. “Either the …

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Egypt interim government faces tough task selling IMF reforms

By Patrick Werr / Reuters CAIRO: Egypt’s interim government will have to muster all its skills of persuasion to sell austerity measures to a country weary after a year of political and economic strife, if details emerging on Cairo’s planned deal with the IMF are anything to go by. Egypt wants the $3.2 billion IMF accord …

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PM reiterates economic challenges in annual report to parliament

By Heba Hesham CAIRO: The prime minister reiterated to parliament Sunday previous statements about Egypt’s worsening economic conditions, less than a week after the party controlling the majority criticized the government’s failure. In the government’s first annual report to the recently elected parliament, Prime Minister Kamal El-Ganzoury said that Western and Arab countries haven’t honored their …

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Brotherhood says Egypt govt failing, wants coalition

CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood on Monday voiced its strongest criticism yet of Egypt’s army-appointed government, saying it was failing to deal with crises in security and the economy, and reiterating a call for a new national unity cabinet. The Freedom and Justice Party, the Brotherhood’s political wing and the biggest group in the newly elected …

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