Egypt

One week after the ouster of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi by the armed forces of the Arab Republic of Egypt, the country’s military rulers are keen to speed up the transition to civilian rule. Subsequently, the interim presidency has appointed a little-known economist, Hazem el-Beblawi as prime minister, while also selecting the internationally-respected diplomat and Nobel Laureate Mohamed ElBaradei to be Egypt’s vice-president. Sunni monarchies in the Gulf which are hostile to Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood have also welcomed his overthrow, with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait sending a combined aid package of $12 billion to Egypt in order to shore up the country’s fledgling economy and empty cash reserves. Along with arrest warrants issued for senior members of the Muslim Brotherhood in the aftermath of Morsi’s ouster, Egypt’s public prosecutor has also frozen the bank accounts of fourteen senior Islamist leaders, including the finances of leaders from some rival Islamist groups. (July 10, 2013 The Guardian; July 11, 2013 Al Arabiya; July 14, 2013 BBC News)