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Egypt security on alert ahead of tense election

In Uncategorized on November 27, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Egyptian security forces were on high alert Saturday, on the eve of a general election, after activists clashed with police at the end of a campaign marred by violence and a crackdown on the opposition.

Egyptian protesters stand on a security fence under the watchfull eyes of the riot police during a demonstration organized by the Muslim Brotherhood in downtown Cairo, May 2010.

Thousands of activists demonstrated in support of their candidates throughout the Nile Delta and in the south of the country as campaigning for the vote came to an end on Friday night, said security officials.

Several of the rallies turned violent after supporters of rival candidates hurled stones at each other, they said.

Activists for the banned Muslim Brotherhood opposition group clashed with police in the southern Bani Suef governorate, and at least 15 protesters were arrested.

Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsud, a lawyer for the Islamist group, said 22 of its members were arrested on Friday across the country.

The Brotherhood is expected to win far less than the fifth of parliamentary seats it captured in the last election in 2005, after at least 1,200 its supporters were arrested in the weeks before the vote.

Most of them have been released, but the group says more of its supporters are rounded up each day as they put up posters and hand out fliers.

The Brotherhood is fielding 130 candidates for the 508 elected seats after more than a dozen of its candidates were disqualified by the election committee.

The public prosecutor is investigating complaints by the ruling National Democratic Party that more of the Islamists should be disqualified because they are misrepresenting themselves as independents.

The group registers its candidates as independents to circumvent a ban on religious parties.

Several administrative courts have ordered the cancellation of elections in 24 of 254 districts after court orders to reinstate disqualified candidates, many of them Brotherhood members and other independents, were ignored.

Rights groups say the election has already been compromised by the arrests of opposition members and campaign restrictions on their candidates.

Amnesty International called on Egyptian authorities to safeguard the rights of voters in the election.

“The Egyptian authorities must uphold the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly and ensure that peaceful protesters are not arbitrarily arrested and detained,” the London-based rights group’s Middle East director, Malcolm Smart, said in a statement last week.

Voter turnout is expected to be low as usual in Egypt, where elections are often marred by violence and ballot fraud, according to rights groups.

The government insists the election will be fair and the electoral committee says it granted more than 6,000 permits to local civil society groups to monitor the vote and the ballot counting.

The NDP, which has dominated parliament for more than three decades, is expected to gain seats in parliament at the expense of the Brotherhood. It is running about 800 candidates.

Campaign restrictions on the remaining Brotherhood candidates and a low voter turnout amid fears of violence and widespread suspicion about the election’s integrity are expected to reduce the Islamists’ share.


Source: SGGP

Vietnam participates in agriculture exhibition in Egypt

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 3:56 am

Vietnam participates in agriculture exhibition in Egypt

QĐND – Sunday, September 26, 2010, 20:58 (GMT+7)

The 23rd International Exhibition of Agriculture and Food in Africa and the Middle East opened in Cairo, Egypt, on September 25, drawing the participation of 30 Vietnamese businesses.

The event aimed to boost cooperation, exchange experiences and introduce products and machines for the agricultural sector.

The Vietnamese delegation was led by Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Diep Kinh Tan and Vietnamese goods such as seafood, basa fish, and cooked rice with coconut and pepper were on display.

On September 26, Minister Diep Kinh Tan had a working session with his Egyptian counterpart to exchange information and seek opportunities for cooperation between the two countries.

A seminar for Vietnamese and Egyptian businesses was held later.

Source: VOV

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Egypt unearths tomb of pharaonic army chief

In Uncategorized on May 31, 2010 at 5:18 am

Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed a vast tomb belonging to a pharaonic army commander who oversaw the ancient kingdom’s treasury, the Supreme Council of Antiquities said on Sunday.

The tomb of Betah Mes, who was also a royal scribe and in charge of the state granaries, dates back to the 19th dynasty, which ruled Egypt between 1320 and 1200 BC.

Antiquities chief Zahi Hawass told AFP that the 70-metre-long (yard) tomb, discovered in the Saqarra necropolis, south of Cairo, branched off into passages and prayer rooms.

A handout picture released by Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) on May 30 shows a mural found in an unearthed vast tomb belonging to a pharaonic army commander who also oversaw the kingdom’s treasury in the Saqarra necropolis south of Cairo

Workers unearthed reliefs depicting offerings to deities and the deceased and his family worshipping a trinity of gods, Amun, his wife Mut and their son Khonsu, said Ola el-Ugaizi, who headed the expedition.

The tomb also contains reliefs of Mes and his family hunting and fishing in the Nile river, and Ushtabi figurines which ancient Egyptians believed would serve the deceased in the afterlife.

But the expedition’s spokeswoman Heba Mostapha said the tomb had been looted and its pillars used to build churches.

“Part of the destruction we found in the grave was because its pillars were used to build churches in the Christian period and it was looted in the 19th century in the period of Mohammed Ali Pasha,” she said.

The team was continuing its search for the tomb’s main chamber, where they believed they would find Mes’s mummy and perhaps that of his wife.

Source: SGGP

57 ancient tombs with mummies unearthed in Egypt

In Uncategorized on May 25, 2010 at 5:16 am

Africa Cup: Egypt restore sanity, Benin denied first win

In Vietnam Sports on January 13, 2010 at 8:36 am

LUANDA, Jan 13, 2010 (AFP) – Champions Egypt kicked off their Africa Cup of Nations’ title defence in scintillating style on Tuesday to restore some measure of sanity to proceedings in Angola after a spate of shocks on the opening two days.

The Egyptian national team pose before their football match against Nigeria in the group “C” stage match at the African Cup of Nations CAN2010 at the Ombaka stadium in Benguela on January 12, 2010. Egypt won 3-1. AFP PHOTO

Hustled out of a World Cup berth by bitter rivals Algeria in November’s play-off the Pharaohs arrived here with motivation aplenty.

And they hit the ground running with a 3-1 defeat of Nigeria to top Group C ahead of Mozambique and Benin, who shared the spoils 2-2 in the day’s other game.

After Angola’s sensational collapse to Mali, Malawi’s whipping of Algeria, and favourites Ivory Coast being held by Burkina Faso, Egypt took to the pitch at their peril.

But the six-time champions didn’t falter as they brought an end to a 33-year-old winless run they have endured against the west Africans with the goals coming from Emad Motaeb, skipper Ahmed Hassan, and Substitute Mohamed Nagi.

Nigeria had taken an early lead through Chinedu Obasi.

Striker Mohamed Zidan said: “We didn’t give up. I think we deserved the victory.”

Egypt’s assistant coach, Shawki Garib, added: “The victory over Nigeria is just the beginning, we still have a long way to go and so we still need our fans’ genuine support and prayers.”

Nigeria coach, Shuaibu Amodu, said his team paid the price for some schoolboy errors.

“We played well and controlled the game especially in the first half but somehow we made some silly mistakes and we were punished,” said a miserable Amodu.

Later, Benin were on course for their first ever Africa Cup of Nations win when they shot out of the starting stalls to go two goals up in the first 20 minutes against Mozambique.

Their goals came via a penalty by Razak Omotoyossi and an own goal by Mozambique defender Dario Khan.

Mozambique’s Almiro Lobo reduced the deficit before the half hour mark with Goncalves Fumo netting the equaliser in the 54th minute.

Benin coach, Michel Dessuyer, said: “I have to accept this result even though we lost a 2-0 lead. We failed to defend our advantage and now we have to focus on the next match against Nigeria.”

His Mozambican counterpart, Mart Nooij, reflected: “The first 20 minutes was disastrous for us. After a good prepration, the players went into the game like a bull chasing after a red flag, but we came back in the second half and played a very wonderful game.”

The latest developments from Friday’s deadly attack on the Togo team bus centred on the arrest by Angolan police of two suspects wanted in connection with the machine gun assault which has cast a long shadow over the competition.

Burkina Faso, one of the three teams left in Cabinda where the attack took place, are desperate to leave the troubled province which has been the subject of a massive clampdown by security forces.

“We want to get to Luanda as quickly as possible due to the security question,” Burkina Faso’s assistant coach Gualbert Kabore declared.

“We have to stay in Cabinda until Saturday morning. Organisers have taken draconian measures and to get out we have to be accompanied by security personnel. It complicates life.”

Meanwhile, 2010 World Cup boss Danny Jordaan told AFP that Angola was aware of the dangers of staging games in the restive enclave and must take responsibility for the attack.

“How long is it known that there is a separatist group in Angola for many many years? What are the possibilities of a terror attack? It was known,” Jordaan said.

“It is a responsibility of the host nation to deal with those issues,” said Jordaan, who led a technical team to Angola in 2006 to assess its readiness for the tournament, on behalf of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Wednesday’s action sees Group D get up and running in Lubango, with Cameroon facing Gabon and Tunisia, champions in 2004 on home turf, up against Zambia.

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Algiers calls in Egypt envoy over media attacks: report

In World on November 22, 2009 at 12:26 pm

Algiers summoned the Egyptian ambassador Friday to protest at attacks by the Egyptian media on Algeria following the country’s World Cup-qualifying victory, APS news agency reported.

Algerian fans light fireworks in a main street of Algiers late on November 18, to celebrate the victory of Algeria over Egypt after their World Cup 2010 qualifying football match in Karthoum. (AFP Photo)

Algerian Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci expressed his country’s “incomprehension and major concern” in the face of “the escalating media campaign” in Egypt, a statement cited by the agency said.

Medelci said he hoped that Egypt would put an end to this campaign which “does not serve the interests of the two countries”.

Tensions between Cairo and Algiers following Algeria’s 1-0 victory over Egypt developed into a diplomatic crisis on Thursday with Egypt saying it intended to recall its ambassador to Algeria.

Cairo justified this move over alleged attacks by Algerians on Egyptian supporters in Khartoum, where Algeria beat Egypt on Wednesday to secure its place in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

The Algerian ambassador to Egypt Abdelkader Hadjar has also been summoned to the Egyptian foreign ministry to hear Egypt’s concerns following his country’s victory.

It was the second occasion Hadjar was summoned in the space of a week — on Monday, he was called on to explain attacks by Algerian supporters on Egyptian businesses in Algiers.

Medelci insisted Friday that Algeria had taken all necessary measures to protect Egyptian homes and businesses in Algeria.

Wednesday’s play-off came after Egypt defeated Algeria by two goals in Cairo on Saturday.

Before the Cairo match, the Algerian team’s bus was stoned by Egyptian fans, injuring three players, and buses full of away fans were stoned afterwards.

Earlier Friday, Egyptian protestors threw stones at security forces protecting the entry to the Algerian embassy in Cairo, injuring 35 people, including 11 Egyptian police officers.

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Egypt quits N. Africa league after Algeria defeat

In Vietnam Sports on November 20, 2009 at 8:33 am

CAIRO, Nov 19, 2009 (AFP) – Egypt suspended its membership of the Union of North African Football Federations on Thursday, complaining that Algerian fans had thrown stones at their supporters during the country’s World Cup exit.

The Egyptian Football Federation wrote to its counterparts in Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia charging that its fans had come under sustained assault during the make-or-break qualification play-off in Khartoum on Wednesday, the state MENA news agency reported.

Algerian fans wave to welcome players of the Algerian national football team in Algiers on November 19, 2009 to celebrate their victory over Egypt (AFP photo)

Egypt had already called in the Algerian ambassador and recalled its own envoy from Algiers for consultations in protest.

The game’s Sudanese hosts strongly contested Egypt’s version of events insisting just four Egyptian fans had sustained minor injuries and calling in the Egyptian ambassador in Khartoum in its own protest.

By contrast, world football’s governing body FIFA said that three Algerian players and the goalkeeping coach suffered injuries that “weren’t superficial” ahead of Egypt’s 2-0 victory in Cairo on Saturday that forced the play-off.

A number of Algerian fans were also injured after the game, triggering attacks against Egyptians and Egyptian interests in Algeria.

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Vietnamese trade mission to visit Egypt, Turkey

In Uncategorized on August 11, 2008 at 3:07 pm

Trade and Industry Minister Vu Huy Hoang will lead a delegation to visit Egypt and Turkey in late October to boost cooperation.

The Vietnamese delegation will attend meetings of the joint commissions between Vietnam and the two said countries.

The delegation will be accompanied by businesses specialising in farm produce export, garments and textiles, footwear, fisheries, wood furniture, fine arts and handicrafts and natural rubber to explore market and carry out trade promotion in those countries.

They will also hold business forums during their stay in the two said countries.-