Tuesday, November 21, 2017

President Morsi faces criticism for unmet promises in Egypt

RECOMMENDED READING


CAIRO — As President Mohammed Morsi is discovering, the new Egypt is a place where public opinion matters.

Elected in June in the country's first democratic presidential elections, Morsi had promised to accomplish a lot during his first 100 days in office, a window that closes today. In a manner that would have been inconceivable during Egypt's authoritarian past, critics have been taking turns putting Morsi through the ringer.

Only four of Morsi's 64 promises for the first 100 days have been carried out, said Amr Sobhi, a co-creator of the Morsi Meter, a website inspired by PolitiFact's Obama meter that aims to track the president's success.

Piles of garbage continue to line some streets of the capital. Strikes over wages and overdue benefits have halted some public-sector services, particularly in Egypt's woefully underfunded hospitals.

One man even filed a police report against Morsi for failing to implement all of his 100-day promises, according to the Egypt Independent, an English-language daily.

But in newspaper headlines and on street corners, Morsi's administration and its backers in the Muslim Brotherhood have been pushing back. Not only did Morsi do well in his first three months, they argue, but he also did all that could have been expected, given the cards he was dealt.

"I think his performance has been great," said Rashad Bayoumi, a spokesman for the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party. The president inherited a crippling national debt, Bayoumi said, but he has also made important strides to shift the balance of power away from the military, which held sway even after the toppling of Hosni Mubarak in the uprisings of 2011.

Comments
Kathy Griffin: Trump photo put me on 'Hollywood blacklist'

Kathy Griffin: Trump photo put me on 'Hollywood blacklist'

Kathy Griffin says she is in the middle of a "Hollywood blacklist" after taking a photo holding a fake severed head that resembled President Donald Trump
Updated: 10 minutes ago

Flooding in western Saudi Arabia forces schools to shut

Saudi schools, universities closed after flooding in city of Jiddah, kingdom's Red Sea coastal regions
Updated: 13 minutes ago
The Latest: Russia to coordinate with Turkey, Iran in Syria

The Latest: Russia to coordinate with Turkey, Iran in Syria

Russia's defense ministry says top military chiefs of Russia, Turkey and Iran have agreed to coordinate their efforts in Syria to defeat IS
Updated: 13 minutes ago
The Daystarter: Jury to decide Matos’ fate; details into Halladay’s plane crash; barriers help secure North Straub Park through holidays; sexual assault reports down at MacDill

The Daystarter: Jury to decide Matos’ fate; details into Halladay’s plane crash; barriers help secure North Straub Park through holidays; sexual assault reports down at MacDill

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.• Expect rain today and through the rest of the week, according to 10Weather WTSP. It will likely be a wet Thanksgiving.10News WTSPThe latest 7-day forecast• As you head out fo...
Updated: 18 minutes ago
Suspect arrested in Pennsylvania police officer shooting

Suspect arrested in Pennsylvania police officer shooting

The man accused of killing a rookie police officer in western Pennsylvania is in custody
Updated: 18 minutes ago

AP Top News at 7:06 a.m. EST

AP Top News at 7:06 a.m. EST
Updated: 21 minutes ago

Nigeria police say at least 50 killed in mosque bombing

At least 50 killed as teenage suicide bomber detonates at northern Nigeria mosque, police say
Updated: 21 minutes ago

Nigeria police say at least 50 killed in mosque bombing

At least 50 killed as teenage suicide bomber detonates at northern Nigeria mosque, police say
Updated: 21 minutes ago
Reports: UK preparing to increase 'Brexit bill' offer

Reports: UK preparing to increase 'Brexit bill' offer

Britain is planning to offer more money to settle its bill with the European Union in a bid to unblock stalled Brexit negotiations _ but only if the EU agrees to start discussing a future free-trade deal.
Updated: 23 minutes ago
The Latest: Botswana's president urges Mugabe to step aside

The Latest: Botswana's president urges Mugabe to step aside

The Latest: President of neighboring Botswana urges Zimbabwe's Mugabe to step aside
Updated: 25 minutes ago