Pro-Morsi protesters stage fresh protest rally in Cairo

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Supporters of Egypt’s deposed president, Mohamed Morsi, have staged a mass protest rally in Cairo against the country’s new interim government.

Several hundred supporters of Morsi massed outside the cabinet headquarters in central Cairo on Wednesday evening.

Carrying posters of the ousted president and chanting slogans against the army, the angry demonstrators denounced the country’s new military-backed interim government and demanded Morsi’s reinstatement.

The supporters of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood also accused the military of having staged a coup against the country’s first democratically elected leader.

Sporadic scuffles were reported between the Egyptian police and the protestors.

The fresh clashes come two days after seven people were killed and more than 200 wounded in fighting between Morsi loyalists and security forces in and around Cairo.

Meanwhile, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has travelled to Egypt to discuss the country’s crisis. Her visit to the troubled North African country comes a day after Egypt’s new 34-member cabinet was sworn in.

Head of the armed forces General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is the first deputy prime minister in the new cabinet. Nabil Fahmy, Egypt’s ambassador to Washington from 1999 to 2008, was named foreign minister. The new cabinet also includes three women and three Christians.

There are no ministers from Muslim Brotherhood or other Islamic parties.

Tension has intensified since the Egyptian army pushed Morsi aside, suspended the constitution, dissolved the parliament on July 3 and declared the chief justice of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mansour, as interim president the next day.

Dozens of people have since been killed in the wave of violent clashes between Morsi supporters, his opponents and security forces.

 

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