Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The return of a general who was a confidant of Mubarak

The blog Novelles d'Orient, which is the blog of the French paper Le monde diplomatique, put a few recent developments in Egypt together under the headline 'Chronique d'une contra-révolution'. They vary from the recent arrest of Essam Arian, one of the last leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood who was still at large, through the way the the satirist Bassem Youssef was stopped by his tv-company just one week after he was back for a new season, to the adoption of a law that severely restrains the right to demonstrate, and the  re-installment of a general who is known as one of the biggest foes of the Muslim Brotherhood and a man that kept the corruption practices of Mubarak and his cronies out of the wind. The New York Times wrote the follwing about this man:
A year after the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, the man responsible for rooting out government corruption, Gen. Mohamed Farid el-Tohamy, faced a very public barrage of allegations that he had deliberately covered up years of cronyism and self-dealing.
 President Mohamed Morsi promptly fired the general, prosecutors opened an investigation, the news filled the papers and his career appeared to end in disgrace. But now the general is back, and more powerful than ever. His protégé and friend, Gen. Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi, ousted Mr. Morsi about four months ago, and virtually the first move by the new government was to rehabilitate General Tohamy and place him in charge of the general intelligence service, one of the most powerful positions in Egypt.

Western diplomats and Egyptians close to the government say General Tohamy has emerged as the leading advocate of the lethal crackdown on Mr. Morsi’s Islamist supporters in the Muslim Brotherhood, in a drive to eviscerate the movement.....
(For the rest of the NYT article, which is quite worth reading click here).
The is list is longer and particularly the re-installment iof this general Tohamy is quite disturbing news.  For those who read French I warmly recommend the blog of 'Le monde diplo' itself. 

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