Egyptian newspaper: Muslim Brotherhood asking for resignations from Prime Minister, Cabinet

posted at 12:41 pm on July 2, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

As I’m writing this, the live protest in Cairo’s Tahrir Square shows no sign of relenting or disbanding. What appears to be millions of Egyptians in the streets of Cairo want an end to the government of Mohamed Morsi — and according to one newspaper in the capital, the Muslim Brotherhood may have decided to throw some of their members under the bus in an attempt to head off a military coup (via Jeff Dunetz):

The Muslim Brotherhood had asked Prime Minister Hesham Qandil and  ministers belonging to the Islamist group to quit in order to give President Mohamed Morsy a chance to negotiate with opposition groups demanding his removal, sources close to the Brotherhood have revealed.

Sources said the Brotherhood made the request in order for the president to agree with the opposition on a new premier before the Wednesday evening deadline set by the armed forces to accomplish political consensus between the regime and the opposition.

Ministers of foreign affairs, telecommunications, tourism, legal affairs and environment had announced their resignations on Monday and Tuesday. Two presidential spokespersons also quit on Tuesday. Their resignations come amid massive protests across Egypt demanding early presidential elections.

The sources noted that the Brotherhood is not ready to make any concessions other than a cabinet reshuffle or the replacement of Prosecutor General Talaat Abdallah. The sources explained that the idea of early presidential elections has not even been discussed within the group which, they say, still believes that Morsy has not been afforded the full opportunity to rule.

I doubt that will satisfy the madding crowds that have paralyzed Cairo, but the fact that the MB sees the need to sacrifice its Cabinet positions shows that they see the writing on the wall.  They want to hold onto their seats in Parliament, where they control the government, and keep Morsi in the presidential palace.  However, the ire over the incompetence and arrogance of this government isn’t directed (mainly) at Qandil, but at Morsi himself.  The next –and last — intermediate positions for the Islamists are  capitulation of Parliament and junking the MB-driven constitution.

That, by the way, is exactly what the Egyptian Army has in mind — and new elections all the way around, but only on an extended timetable:

Egypt’s armed forces would suspend the constitution and dissolve an Islamist-dominated parliament under a draft political roadmap to be pursued if Islamist President Mohamed Mursi and his opponents fail to reach a power-sharing agreement by Wednesday, military sources said.

The sources told Reuters the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) was still discussing details of the plan, intended to resolve a political crisis that has brought millions of protesters into the streets. The roadmap could be changed based on political developments and consultations. …

The sources said the military intended to install an interim council, composed mainly of civilians from different political groups and experienced technocrats, to run the country until an amended constitution was drafted within months.

That would be followed by a new presidential election, but parliamentary polls would be delayed until strict conditions for selecting candidates were in force, they said.

This is what Egypt’s army should have insisted on doing the first time around.  Instead, driven by Western demands for immediate elections, the nation lurched forward without allowing other political factions to organize effectively, which left the minority Islamists in charge of the entire process.  The outcome this week is the inevitable result.

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I credit the Cairo speach.

apostic on July 2, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Be very careful what you read. The protesters on the streets of Egypt are not friends of the USA. They are all the anti-Morsi groups, put together. As soon as they get rid of him they’ll fight each other for the next level of Sharia.

obama made a huge mistake in getting involved in Egypt. He destroyed Mubarak and with him he destroyed Egypt’s entire economy and furthered Sharia like never before.

obama stands with his muzzie brotherhood, always, no matter what he says.

The entire ME will be in huge flames, soon.

obama enabled them – he lit them on fire.

Schadenfreude on July 2, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Run Morsi, run……………… I understand that the Moscow airport is a good place to live.

SC.Charlie on July 2, 2013 at 12:46 PM

obama/the MB/Morsi caused the economic devastation – obama by intervening and supporting Morsi, who did nothing but further Sharia, after he won ‘democratically’. “It’s just a different culture” the tyrannical leftists of obama say.

Yes, some on the street are true freedom-fighters. Most are not. They are all the factions which won against Morsi, splintered as they were then. They hate each other and after he’s gone it’s anyone’s guess what will happen. They’ll likely fight among themselves and some are for even more Sharia.

The ME will soon be in flames…because obama made it so. He helped to ignite the flames. Same in Syria and Turkey.

Bolton explained all this today. There are people who know what the religious breakdown of the opposition is.

I’m just trying to point out that removing Mubarak was what brung Morsi. What is next is highly uncertain. It is now a clusterfark bigger than ever before. Most all are the enemies of the US.

obama held that fateful speech in Cairo. He owns it all.

If he were not such an eunuch he’d express himself for true fredom and democracy, alas. He made this bed of flames. Now he will own it and rest in it.

Schadenfreude on July 2, 2013 at 12:50 PM

So, is the Army going to be in charge again? Who’s beheaded on First?

Oil Can on July 2, 2013 at 12:51 PM

“What difference does it make?”

Schadenfreude on July 2, 2013 at 12:53 PM

This could be America in a few years, and hopefully we can Re-Install the Constitution.

IRS? NSA? Are you listening?

kirkill on July 2, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Chaos. It’s what’s for breakfast.

faraway on July 2, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Chaos. It’s what’s for breakfast.

faraway on July 2, 2013 at 12:58 PM

It’s intentional. obama meant this by “transparency”, domestic and foreign chaos…to reorder the world in his image.

He’s been very successful.

Stupid world is just now waking up. Snowden deserves the Nobel for showing world the light.

Schadenfreude on July 2, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Camel Poo is about to hit the Tahrir Sq. Fan!!!!!

canopfor on July 2, 2013 at 1:03 PM

This could be America in a few years, and hopefully we can Re-Install the Constitution.

IRS? NSA? Are you listening?

kirkill on July 2, 2013 at 12:54 PM

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Agent (name redacted) to NSA HQ ….. I’ve got another wild rebel tea party type at hotair.com.

Will update, as I get more data ….. out.

listens2glenn on July 2, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Ahhhhhhh, Springtime in the land of Arabs killing other Arabs, all the while both shouting Allua Akbhar.

How will Caliph Obama spin dis one?

PappyD61 on July 2, 2013 at 1:05 PM

This could be America in a few years, and hopefully we can Re-Install the Constitution.

IRS? NSA? Are you listening?

kirkill on July 2, 2013 at 12:54 PM

#hijanet

PappyD61 on July 2, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Egyptian TV: Minister for Sports Affairs has resigned – @AJELive

15 mins ago from blogs.aljazeera.com by editor
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http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/egypt-protests

canopfor on July 2, 2013 at 1:06 PM

kirkill on July 2, 2013 at 12:54 PM

You’re in good company :)

Schadenfreude on July 2, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Do the American media still think Egypt is a success for their precious Obama?

Liam on July 2, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Camel Poo is about to hit the Tahrir Sq. Fan!!!!!

canopfor on July 2, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Bigot. /

oldroy on July 2, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Be very careful what you read. The protesters on the streets of Egypt are not friends of the USA. They are all the anti-Morsi groups, put together. As soon as they get rid of him they’ll fight each other for the next level of Sharia.

obama made a huge mistake in getting involved in Egypt. He destroyed Mubarak and with him he destroyed Egypt’s entire economy and furthered Sharia like never before.

obama stands with his muzzie brotherhood, always, no matter what he says.

The entire ME will be in huge flames, soon.

obama enabled them – he lit them on fire.

Schadenfreude on July 2, 2013 at 12:44 PM

you seem to have better intel than the NSA! …..Good for you!! I come here just to get your insight on what is REALLY going on. God knows only know what that is…..

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on July 2, 2013 at 1:09 PM

The “Arab Spring” is an iceberg of glorious proportions.

Schadenfreude on July 2, 2013 at 1:09 PM

O/T:

I was running errands a few minutes ago and I missed most of what Rush Limbaugh was saying. However, I caught the part where he wanted to talk about immigration and the future of the GOP while he was on Fox News this morning. Apparently, they said no and wanted to talk about Egypt instead. If this is true, is anyone surprised? Fox News has lurched so far to the left since Obama’s War on Fox came about.

joekenha on July 2, 2013 at 1:10 PM

faraway on July 2, 2013 at 12:58 PM

.
It’s intentional. obama meant this by “transparency”, domestic and foreign chaos…to reorder the world in his image.

He’s been very successful.

Stupid world is just now waking up. Snowden deserves the Nobel for showing world the light.

Schadenfreude on July 2, 2013 at 1:00 PM

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This isn’t Obama’s show … he really is the smallest of potatoes in this.

The ‘ring masters’ are Mike Gorbechev, Maurice Strong, and George Soros.

listens2glenn on July 2, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Looks as if the MB have got a lot of hands to cut off…

d1carter on July 2, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Run Morsi, run……………… I understand that the Moscow airport is a good place to live.

SC.Charlie on July 2, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Yeah, him and Snowden would be quite a duo! /sarc

redguy on July 2, 2013 at 1:12 PM

God only knows what that is…..

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on July 2, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Dear inthemiddle, at this point not even God knows, likely…these are dark days.

Not making light of God, to be certain.

It’s just that nothing of what you see/read is what it appears or is intended to propagandize. I assure you that I am not a conspiracy theorist. One just has to be very careful. The propaganda is so incredible, the media are so in obama’s azz, the world is just now waking up…

No matter what Snowden is, he did the world a big favor.

The ME will soon be in big flames…obama expedited exponentially.

Schadenfreude on July 2, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Clare Richardson ‏@clarerrrr 59m

Updated exclusive: #Egypt army plan would scrap constitution, parliament -military sources http://reut.rs/13oGyRr via @reuters

https://twitter.com/Reuters

canopfor on July 2, 2013 at 1:13 PM

listens2glenn on July 2, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Not disputing, but he is their puppetmaster and he owns the show, while they finance him and all, him too, get to be multi-billionaires, with much blood and treasure from the taxpayers’ efforts, whom they destroy, apace.

Schadenfreude on July 2, 2013 at 1:15 PM

At this point, all we can do is sit back, and watch what Smart Power! hath wrought.

kingsjester on July 2, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Fox News has lurched so far to the left since Obama’s War on Fox came about.

joekenha on July 2, 2013 at 1:10 PM

…since Saudi Arabia owns a big chunk of them.

Schadenfreude on July 2, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Rush Limbaugh on F&F this morning

CoffeeLover on July 2, 2013 at 1:19 PM

The Egyptian army is being remarkably restrained during all of this.

I think Egypt would be better off letting them run the country, since apparently Egyptian voters can’t elect people that represent them.

hawksruleva on July 2, 2013 at 1:22 PM

@AlArabiya_Eng tweeted:

#BreakingNews: #Mursi and #Sissi meet to discuss crisis: presidential and military source http://t.co/Bw6xO9p51T

3 mins agofrom twitter.com by partner

Now Morsi wants to meet with Gen Sissi, should be good.

D-fusit on July 2, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Abdullah Ayasun ‏@ABYASUN 4m

Watch #Tahrir live via @ReutersLive #Egypt http://bit.ly/162zK83
Retweeted by Reuters Top News

https://twitter.com/Reuters

canopfor on July 2, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Rush Limbaugh on F&F this morning

CoffeeLover on July 2, 2013 at 1:19 PM

CoffeeLover:Excellent,I was still hunting for it:)

canopfor on July 2, 2013 at 1:30 PM

If Hosni Mubarrak had been allowed to finish his term, and the announced elections were allowed to be held when scheduled October 2011] and the Egyptian military was acting as guarantor, with Omar Suleiman as interim President….almost all of this could have been avoided…and national elections, not the “elections” held by the Brotherhood, would have been over, and a new popular government in place.

But, our President just had to toss Mubarak out…and just had to usher in the era of Moslem Brotherhood rule tyranny…

And Omar Suleiman? He died in Cleveland, Ohio [Cleveland Clinic] about a year ago, 19 July, of a sudden cardiac episode. Was a friend, a mentor of sorts, and will be missed.

But the army would have been under Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, a popular national hero, and professional military man…and things in Egypt right now might be well on the right track.

Tantawi might even have been elected as President.

Coulda, shoulda, woulda…

But…for the active interference of the President of the United States.

coldwarrior on July 2, 2013 at 1:31 PM

canopfor on July 2, 2013 at 1:30 PM

welcome Canopfor :) You us all such a great service, I’m glad I was able to make it a wee bit easier for you today.

CoffeeLover on July 2, 2013 at 1:32 PM

ahh Poop!!! *do

You do us all such a great service…

CoffeeLover on July 2, 2013 at 1:32 PM

I know you’re like me and we both are following the live feeds (waiting for the eruption) but in case you haven’t seen it RT (Russian TV) has a live feed as well.

Link here. It sometimes shows different shots than the NBC feed on Breaking News, sometimes.

I like the Reuters feed, thanks.

D-fusit on July 2, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Lurch says what? Does Barky know about this or will Long Face John be getting another phone call reminding him who he works for. Bwwwaaaaaaa!

US Secretary of State Kerry told Egyptian foreign minister it is important to listen to Egyptian people, State Department says – @Reuters

D-fusit on July 2, 2013 at 1:40 PM

The Egyptian army is being remarkably restrained during all of this.

I think Egypt would be better off letting them run the country, since apparently Egyptian voters can’t elect people that represent them.

hawksruleva on July 2, 2013 at 1:22 PM

The Egyptian army would have to find a solution to the problems plaguing Egypt if they took over, and there may not BE any easy solutions, so they probably don’t want to have to be in charge again. The situation in Egypt was allowed to fester too long, and now everyone paying the piper.

Doomberg on July 2, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Obama’s ‘Road to Damascus’ moment?

US to Morsi: Call for early elections.

Leading from behind, by definition, means that you will take as long as Hamlet to make a decision or to take a position.

Resist We Much on July 2, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Egypt protests

Reports of clashes between protesters in Cairo and Giza – Al Jazeera’s @glcarlstrom

8 mins ago from blogs.aljazeera.com by editor

canopfor on July 2, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Egypt protests

US Secretary of State Kerry told Egyptian foreign minister it is important to listen to Egyptian people, State Department says – @Reuters

11 mins ago by editor

https://twitter.com/Reuters
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canopfor on July 2, 2013 at 1:47 PM

So has the Muslim Brotherhood started using it’s Obama supplied weapons against the peasants?

redguy on July 2, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Via Debbie Schlussel:

Egyptian media reported Sunday that a Dutch journalist was raped by several men in Cairo’s Tahrir Square a few days ago. Dina Zakaria, a journalist reporting for the “Egypt 25″ news channel affiliated with the January 25 revolution, shared the incident on her Facebook page Sunday: “A Dutch journalist in Tahrir was raped by men who dub themselves revolutionists. Her condition is severe and she is hospitalized.”

Meanwhile, a state hospital issued a statement that the journalist was admitted after being raped by five men several days ago. She underwent surgery and has been released. It was also reported that Egypt’s Prosecutor General Talaat Abdallah ordered his staff to go to the hospital to hear the woman’s story and reveal the circumstances behind the violent attack.

WhatSlushfund on July 2, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Brand new updates & pics running post is up:

Pharaoh Morsi, Let Your People Go! (Pics/UPDATED) – Part III

Resist We Much on July 2, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Saul Obama has a ‘Road to Damascus’ moment…

US to Morsi: Call for early elections

Leading from behind, by definition, means that you will take as long as Hamlet to make a decision or to take a position.

Lurch joins Barry on the ‘road to Damascus’ with his own epiphany…

Yahoo News: US Secretary of State Kerry told Egyptian foreign minister it is important to listen to Egyptian people, State Department says

Not so fast, says State Department…

Reports that the U.S. government is urging early elections in Egypt are INACCURATE: U.S. State Department

What a fluking embarrassment!

Resist We Much on July 2, 2013 at 3:21 PM

BREAKING:

Biden offers 2-state solution in Egypt; no one in Egypt knows what that means

BobMbx on July 2, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Be very careful what you read. The protesters on the streets of Egypt are not friends of the USA. They are all the anti-Morsi groups, put together. As soon as they get rid of him they’ll fight each other for the next level of Sharia.

obama made a huge mistake in getting involved in Egypt. He destroyed Mubarak and with him he destroyed Egypt’s entire economy and furthered Sharia like never before.

obama stands with his muzzie brotherhood, always, no matter what he says.

The entire ME will be in huge flames, soon.

obama enabled them – he lit them on fire.

Schadenfreude on July 2, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Sums it up nicely, although Egypt’s economy was not all that hot to begin with.

The majority still want Sharia. It’s just how you get there without being too obvious.

TerryW on July 2, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Biden offers 2-state solution in Egypt; no one in Egypt knows what that means

BobMbx on July 2, 2013 at 3:25 PM

It’s OK…Neil Kinnock can explain it better.

Primary source and all that.

coldwarrior on July 2, 2013 at 3:37 PM

canopfor on July 2, 2013 at 1:30 PM

welcome Canopfor :) You us all such a great service, I’m glad I was able to make it a wee bit easier for you today.

CoffeeLover on July 2, 2013 at 1:32 PM

CooffeeLover:Thank-you,3 months of computer hell frustration:)

canopfor on July 2, 2013 at 5:01 PM