The Egyptian government decided on Wednesday to put an end to sit-ins held by supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, reported the state news agency.

Mohamed Morsi

The cabinet has decided “to confront the dangers posed by the ongoing demonstrations and has put Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim in charge to take all the necessary measures to disperse the Rabaa al-Adawiya and Nahda Mohamed Morsi supporters protests within the framework of the law,” a statement said.

In a televised speech on Wednesday, Minister of Information Doria Sharaf al-Din said that the two sit-ins represent a threat to national security.

Mohamed Morsi supporters have rallied in the two squares since the Islamist president was ousted by the army at the beginning of this month, in response to mass demonstrations across the country.

Badie, Shater and others referred to criminal court for inciting violence

An Egyptian prosecutor referred top Muslim Brotherhood figures to a criminal court on Wednesday, accusing them of inciting violence by the group’s Cairo headquarters in Mokattam.

The defendants include the Brotherhood’s spiritual guide, Mohamed Badie, and senior member businessman Khairat al-Shater and three others.

Violent confrontations that erupted by the Brotherhood’s office on June 30 left at least 12 people dead.

The prosecutor also renewed the detention of Former Speaker of the now-dissolved People’s Assembly Saad al-Katatni and Mahdy Akef pending investigations on allegations of insulting the judiciary.

Other top Brotherhood figures, including Osama Yassin, Safwat Hegazy, Essam al-Erian and Mahmoud Ezzat were also ordered arrested for inciting violence.

Egypt minister attributes tourism decline to bloodshed brought about deposed Mohamed Morsi

Egypt’s Tourism Minister Hesham Zaazou said on Tuesday that tourism is suffering a setback due to political unrest, adding that the situation is not good in comparison to previous rates.

“The  images portraying bloodshed and violence, specifically in the sit-in areas of loyalists to deposed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, have severe impacts on tourism,” Zazou said in a televised interview as reported by the state news agency.

He said that during the upcoming days he would present a new strategy to boost tourism in the near future, adding that he is currently contacting foreign embassies to remove the travel ban on Egypt through maintaining that it is a safe country.

Egypt cabinet convenes to discuss recent developments

Egypt’s cabinet held a meeting on Wednesday to review recent developments in the country and reports on the security situation in streets, discussing efforts exerted to establish stability, reported the Middle East News Agency.

The cabinet also discussed means to boost the economy and attract investments, in addition to maintaining that citizens are provided with the basic goods.

In its meeting, the cabinet discussed the outcome of both recent visits of European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and the African Union’s delegation to Cairo.

The AU delegation and Ashton have both met with top government representatives as well as with deposed President Mohamed Morsi.

This content is from : Aswat Masriya