Parliament to consider cutting off U.S. aid
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.