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Egypt presidential hopeful threatens to use force over Ethiopian dam

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April 6, 2014 (WASHINGTON) – A potential candidate for the Egyptian presidency announced today that he will order the use of military force against Ethiopia if the latter does not suspend the construction of the Grand Renaissance dam.

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Lawyer and head of a renowned Egyptian soccer club Mortada Mansour speaks during a press conference in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on 6 April 2014 (AP)

In announcing his presidential bid at a press conference on Sunday, lawyer Mortada Mansour said that “water for Egypt is Egypt’s life”.

“There” are signed international conventions ... There are two agreements, one in 1929 and the other in 1959 to regulate water usage between Egypt and Sudan,” Mansour added.

The controversial figure, who was elected last week as head of Cairo’s Zamalek Club, accused Israel of standing behind the Ethiopian dam project and dismissed popular initiatives to resolve the dispute with Addis Ababa.

“There are international organisations that failed [to mediate] and Ethiopia stuck to its position. Just like they threatened to use their army, Egypt has an army. If Israel which is inciting Ethiopia learned a lesson from the Egyptian army in 1973 [war], you are threatening my life. I will not allow you to build your dam and block water from me and in the end famine occurs among the Egyptian people and we kill each other for a drop of water,” Mansour said.

“Just like they showed off and brought their generals around the dam and said if Egypt can come. No we also have generals and planes O’ Ethiopia that can reclaim Egypt’s rights because we will not allow a drop of water to be cut, to have drought in the country, in agriculture, people can’t find a drop of water. This is vital for us. I thought that for subsequent Egyptian administrations that the issue of water is a life or death issue. This is not up for discussion,” he added.

Egypt fears that the $4.6 billion hydropower plant will diminish its share of the river’s water flows, arguing its historic water rights must be maintained.

Ethiopia is the source of about 85% of the Nile’s water, mainly through rainfall in its highlands, with over 90% of Egyptians relying on water from the Nile’s flows.

In June 2012, a panel of international experts tasked with studying the impacts of the Ethiopian dam on lower riparian countries, including Sudan and Egypt, found that the dam project will not cause significant harm to either country.

Cairo remains unconvinced and has sought further studies and consultation with Khartoum and Addis Ababa.

If Mansour’s candidacy is endorsed by the presidential commission he will face former Egyptian defence minister Field Marshal Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi, who is widely tipped to win. Leftist political figure Hamdeen Sabahi has also pledged to contest the elections.

Mansour has made a failed bid to run for president in the 2012 elections but was disqualified by the elections committee.

According to a profile by the Daily News Egypt, Mansour said in 2011 that he did not “have the right to run” for president because he is “ill-tempered”.

In April 2011, Mansour was accused of being involved in Tahrir clashes commonly dubbed “the Battle of the Camel” on 2 February, which left 11 demonstrators dead and hundreds injured. He was later acquitted of all charges however.

He ran in four parliamentary elections in 1990, 1995, 2000 and 2012, but only won in the 2000 elections. In 2012, he lost to an opponent from the Muslim Brotherhood.

He is well known for his hot temper and was taken off air in TV phone interviews a number of times for using obscene language.

Mansour is also seen as someone who is obsessed with filing numerous police complaints and lawsuits against figures he has disputes with.

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  • 7 April 2014 07:52, by Akol Liai Mager

    Well, Egyptian mad man should also know that the moment he orders a strike on Ethiopian’s Rennaisence Dam, the next one to be hit is Aswan/Naser Dam and ordinary Egyptian will also feel the heat.

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  • 7 April 2014 08:13, by Jalaby

    What? using force against Ethiopian damn? HAHAHAHAHA
    No doubt this is the joke of the day! LOL
    Look, Abdel Fatah Cici made a coup and ended the democratic process in Egypt, it’s well known that his coup was cooked and supported by Israel and US and Ethiopia is red line and if Cici himself plans to do that then his masters in Israel and US will say to him "Shut up boy"

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    • 7 April 2014 08:21, by Jalaby

      What happened in Egypt proves to all people what we always say about the US and west double standard political measurement, ironically, they support democracy, freedom and human right in one hand, and at the same time they support coup, dictatorship, repression in the other hand! how funny is that?
      US and west are not really serious about imposing the values

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      • 7 April 2014 08:26, by Jalaby

        of freedom and democracy over the other nations and specifically the third world but they really do care only about what benefit and interest them!
        Middle east to them is bullshit excep Israel, security of Israel comes first, what they really interest them in Egypt only the peace agreement with Israel, to keep that agreement active and securing Israel!

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        • 7 April 2014 08:35, by Jalaby

          they really don’t care about democracy in Egypt, they will keep and continue to keep their eyes closed over the mounting killing in Egypt against the civilians who demonstrate against the coup!
          Shame on you US & the west of having double standard and continue to support the killers in Egypt as long as they serve your benefits!!! Where are your values? shame on you!

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      • 7 April 2014 12:19, by South South

        Jalaby,
        Shut up!!!! Egypt is occupying Sudanese land, that’s what you should be talking about coward.

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        • 7 April 2014 17:19, by Konan

          Thanks to Jalaby, eventually the coward stinky worm called South Sudan crawled out its shell, I thought you are already dead. Lol

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  • 7 April 2014 10:09, by 4Justice

    Jalaby the masonic doctrine commonly referred to as ’double standard’ is known to those privy to occult knowledge as "The Hegelian Dialectic" or "Creative Destruction" look it up there is nothing complicated about these terminologies. You see the Luciferian globalists hidden rulers of the world ultimate objective is to cause and sustain global upheavals. I can’t go further than this because the average sheeple might think iam a nutter so let’s just keep it simple.

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