First Published: 2013-07-04

 

Egypt arrests Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide

 

Security official says Badie was arrested in Marsa Matrouh at request of prosecution for inciting killing of protesters.

 

Middle East Online

Quick end to Brotherhood’s rule

CAIRO - Egyptian military police on Thursday arrested Muslim Brotherhood supreme guide Mohammed Badie, a security official said, as authorities rounded up members of the influential group from which ousted president Mohamed Morsi hails.

Badie "was arrested in (the western city of) Marsa Matrouh at the request of the prosecution for inciting the killing of protesters," the official said.

The army had earlier ousted and detained Morsi in an abrupt end to the Islamist's first year in office.

The security forces also rounded up Morsi's top aides and members of the Muslim Brotherhood movement to which he belongs, sources said.

Morsi's government unravelled on Wednesday after the army gave him a 48-hour ultimatum in the wake of massive demonstrations since June 30 against his turbulent rule.

As the world debated if the military's action amounted to a real coup, analysts agreed that Morsi and his Islamist movement brought about their own rapid demise.

"Morsi and the Brotherhood made almost every conceivable mistake... they alienated potential allies, ignored rising discontent, (and) focused more on consolidating their rule than on using what tools they did have," Nathan Brown wrote on the New Republican website.

Egypt's chief justice Adly Mansour took the oath of office at a ceremony broadcast live from the Supreme Constitutional Court.

Armed forces chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced Morsi's overthrow on state television late Wednesday, citing his inability to end a deepening political crisis.

In his speech, Sisi laid out details of the roadmap for a political transition.

The Islamist-drafted constitution would be frozen and presidential elections held early, he said, without specifying when.

The armed forces, which had deployed troops and armour across Egypt, would "remain far away from politics".

Mansour, 67, would serve until new elections, according to the army's plan.

The security forces began arresting leading Brotherhood figures, with state media reporting 300 warrants had been issued.

Saad al-Katatni, head of the ousted president's Freedom and Justice Party, and the Brotherhood's deputy supreme guide Rashad Bayoumi were both arrested and taken to prison, the official MENA news agency reported.

A senior military officer said the army was "preventively" holding Morsi and that he might face formal charges linked to his prison escape during the revolt that overthrew President Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

Morsi had issued a defiant call for supporters to protect his elected "legitimacy", in a recorded speech hours after the military announced his ouster.

"We had to confront it at some point, this threatening rhetoric," the officer said. "He succeeded in creating enmity between Egyptians."

Morsi's rule was marked by a spiralling economic crisis, shortages of fuel and often deadly opposition protests.

Thousands of protesters dispersed after celebrating wildly through the night at the news of his downfall.

Egypt's press almost unanimously hailed Morsi's ouster as a "legitimate" revolution.

"And the people's revolution was victorious," read the front page of state-owned Al-Akhbar.

Morsi's opponents had accused him of failing the 2011 revolution by concentrating power in the hands of his Brotherhood.

His supporters say he inherited many problems from a corrupt regime, and that he should have been allowed to complete his term, which had been due to run until 2016.

 

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