An Egyptian court has sentenced thirty additional people to more than three years in prison for violent protests.
They were found guilty on Monday of supporting deposed Islamist president Mohammed Morsi. The military-installed authorities have engaged in a sweeping crackdown against Morsi's supporters and his Muslim Brotherhood since his ouster in July. The crackdown has left more than 1 400 people dead, and thousands have been jailed. More than 1-thousand Morsi supporters have been convicted in mass trials, including 5-hundred-and-29 sentenced to death last month. For more on this story we are joined in the studio by Afro Middle East Centre Director Na'eem Jeenah.
Na'eem Jeenah, executive director of the Afro-Middle East Centre, says that violence in Egypt will continue in the coming weeks but it's unlikely that it will result in a civil war.
Reports from Washington say the Obama administration is poised to slash hundreds of millions of dollars in military and economic assistance to Egypt. The announcement is expected this week. The U.S. has been considering such a move since the Egyptian military ousted the country's first democratically elected leader in June. For the latest we are joined in studio by Ebrahim Deen from Afro Middle East Centre.
Days after Mohammed Morsi was removed from the position of Egypt's president several key appointments were made and a roadmap was laid out for a new constitution and parliamentary elections. In this episode we discuss the precedent the Arab Spring and the recent Egypt protests set and ask what it will take for Egypt to finally enjoy long-term stability.
Guests: Afro-Middle East Centre executive director, Naeem Jeenah and Egypt ambassador to South Africa, H.E. Sherif Naguib
By Na'eem Jeenah
As the Tunisian uprising gained momentum after four weeks of protests and former president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali was spirited out of the country, questions were being asked about “who next” would face the “Tunisia effect” and whether the North African country was the first of a set of dominoes to fall across the Arab world.
We now know that Egypt was next—even if that country’s president stubbornly refuses to go anywhere. But there is no set of dominoes that will result in despots fleeing their countries or being forced into early retirement.