Nearly 50 people have been killed in clashes between rival demonstrators on the third anniversary of the 2011 revolution that led to the ouster of long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak, overshadowing what the government had hoped would be remembered as a day of nationalist celebration.
Rival demonstrations of supporters and opponents of the military-backed government took place in Cairo on Saturday.
But police quelled anti-government protests, and arrests were reported in Cairo and Alexandria as violence broke out.
Forty-nine people were killed, the ministry said, in 24 hours of fighting across Egypt as police and supporters of the military-installed government clashed with Islamist backers of president Mohamed Morsi, who was deposed in July after a single turbulent year in power.
Most of the deaths were in Cairo and its suburbs, and others in Alexandria and Minya, while 247 were injured, the health ministry said on Sunday. Egypt’s interior ministry announced that a further 1,079 people had been arrested. Hundreds have died since July when the army deposed Morsi, the country’s first democratically elected president of the Muslim Brotherhood.
‘Prez elections will be held first’
Cairo: Egypt will hold a presidential election before parliamentary polls this year, interim President Adly Mansour said on Sunday, a move that could pave the way for the swift election of army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
“I have carried out several dialogues with political groups, which saw a majority in favour of holding presidential elections first,” Mansour said in a televised address. A political roadmap, laid down after the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July last year, called for parliamentary elections first. But many political parties said they would not be ready for a legislative vote this spring. AP