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British Arab Network Chairman condemns killing of Egyptian General on Aljazeera’s Inside Story

25 Oct 2016, by BritishArab Network - In the Media


Dr Wafik Moustafa, Chairman of the British Arab Network has condemned the killing of Brigadier General Adel Ragaai in Egypt and called for genuine freedom and democracy in the country.


Is Egypt facing a crisis?


A high-ranking military officer has been assassinated in Egypt amid a worsening security and economic situation.

Egypt, Middle East

Since President Hosni Mubarak was forced to step down in 2011, Egypt has faced difficult times.

Its first democratically elected leader, Mohamed Morsi, was deposed by the military.

Then General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi became president and led a major crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood.

Now, the country is facing even more challenges, from rising food prices to the military’s campaign against armed groups in the Sinai.

On Saturday a senior army officer, Brigadier General Adel Ragaai, was killed outside his home.

He was an armoured division commander who had served in northern Sinai.

That’s where the government has been fighting several armed groups, including those it says are linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS).

So, what is the Egyptian government doing to address these challenges?

Presenter: Sami Zeidan


Mohamad Elmasry – Professor of media studies at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies

Omar Ashour – Senior lecturer in security studies at the University of Exeter

Wafik Moustafa – Chairman of the British Arab Network and author of Egypt: The Illusive Arab Spring

Source: Al Jazeera