Egypt Parliament voted to reject $1.5 billion in US aid
On March first, a controversial move was sparked by six US defendants in a case of 43 employees of nonprofit groups being accused of using illegal foreign funds to stimulate uneasiness in Egypt. The 43 employees included 16 Americans. In fact, nine of them were already out of the country when the case was put on trial. Already angry over the charges against the American workers, the United States threatened to cut off aid to Egypt. It was actually this departure that calmed the crisis. The parliament is now trying to take the matter deeper by rejecting further American aid. This “exit” of the Americans set off another conflict in Egypt. They are accusing generals of gesturing the the U.S pressure and even sticking their nose into the work of the judiciary. Lawmakers are now complaining that we are degrading Egypt’s dominance. So many disputes and outbreaks have resulted in this. Security forces are fighting with Egyptians about how the US is inteferring with Egypt’s affairs near the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. Lawmakers said in their testimony that the ministers did not show enough respect for government. It is true to say that Egypt’s military has benefited from the close ties to the United States. There has also been back and forth commentary between the groups involved. Lawmakers say it was the generals that should be questioned about the humiliation put on the US, but the generals say that they had no part in the departure and that it was all in the hands of the judiciary. More or less, Parliament Speaker Saad el-Katatni, an Islamist from the chamber’s largest party, says that “It seems that the government is pushing for a crisis with parliament”.