Egypt´s Islamists Prepare No-Confidence Motion (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 03/30/12)
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Egypt´s Muslim Brotherhood-led parliament began drawing up a no-
confidence motion against the military-appointed government Thursday,
according to a report in The Associated Press.
The move further escalates the Islamists´ increasingly public power
struggle with the country´s ruling generals.
The Islamists were also squabbling with liberal and secular groups
over the commission that is to draw up the nation´s new constitution,
AP reported. After the Brotherhood took a clear majority on the 100-
member body for itself, 25 other members resigned.
The latest was the representative of Al-Azhar, the pre-eminent
institute of Islamic learning in the Sunni Muslim world.
On Thursday, a meeting between the Islamists and liberals chaired by
military ruler Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi produced no compromises,
Liberals fear the Islamists plan to impose their religious agenda on
the constitution, while Islamists say liberals are a minority who
have no popular support.
Relations between the military and the Brotherhood have deteriorated
in recent weeks, as the fundamentalist group has pushed for the army
to fire the Cabinet for alleged incompetence. The Brotherhood wants
to form a new government, a task it claims is urgent because of
Egypt´s deteriorating security and economic situation.
AP reported that during a heated session in parliament Thursday,
lawmakers lambasted Prime Minister Kamal el-Ganzouri´s government for
its performance, accusing it of wasting billions of dollars of public
funds. Six Cabinet ministers stormed out in protest.
Lawmakers also started drafting a motion for a vote of no confidence
in the government, parliamentarian Hussein Ibrahim told AP. He added
that parliament, where the Brotherhood and other Islamists hold
nearly 75 percent of the seats, will vote on the measure within two
Egypt´s interim constitution does not give parliament the power to
dismiss the Cabinet, the report noted, but a no-confidence vote would
be a sharp blow to the ruling generals and make it difficult for them
to continue backing el-Ganzouri´s government.
The Muslim Brotherhood holds nearly half the seats in parliament,
making it the largest bloc. Its strength grows even more on some
issues in which it is backed by the second-largest bloc, the
ultraconservative Islamic Salafis. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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