Par­lia­ment to con­sider cut­ting off U.S. aid

The Washington Times Daily - - World -

CAIRO | Egypt’s par­lia­ment has called for a vote on stop­ping U.S. aid.

Sun­day’s move by the Peo­ple’s Assem­bly was sparked by the March 1 de­par­ture of six Amer­i­can de­fen­dants in a case of 43 em­ploy­ees of non­profit groups ac­cused of us­ing il­le­gal for­eign funds to fo­ment un­rest in Egypt.

The U.S. threat­ened to cut off aid to Egypt over the is­sue. Now the par­lia­ment is mov­ing to take the ini­tia­tive, by vot­ing to re­ject fur­ther Amer­i­can aid.

The exit of the Amer­i­cans kicked off a storm in Egypt, prompt­ing many to ac­cuse the rul­ing gen­er­als of bow­ing to U.S. pres­sure and in­ter­ven­ing in the work of the ju­di­ciary.

In Sun­day’s ses­sion, law­mak­ers com­plained the U.S. is dis­re­gard­ing Egypt’s sovereignty. They also called a vote on a no-con­fi­dence mo­tion in the gov­ern­ment. Shi­ite Mus­lim bas­tion of Sadr City in north Bagh­dad say a mili­tia group call­ing it­self the “Bri­gades of Anger” has posted leaflets nam­ing 22 youths to be “pun­ished.”

Med­i­cal of­fi­cials said at least 15 al­ready have been killed in the past month, in­clud­ing seven who were stoned to death, five who were shot and one who was beaten to death. At least two of the vic­tims were girls.

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