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Feb 11, 2011

Egypt army steps deeper into political fray

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s military has plunged deeper into the struggle between President Hosni Mubarak and vast crowds of protesters demanding his resignation now.

It offered an array of political concessions on Friday, but stopped short of ending Mubarak’s 30-year rule. It noted that the president had handed powers to his deputy the previous day — perhaps signalling that this should satisfy demonstrators.

Feb 11, 2011

Analysis: Egypt army steps deeper into political fray

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s military has plunged deeper into the struggle between President Hosni Mubarak and vast crowds of protesters demanding his resignation now.

It offered an array of political concessions on Friday, but stopped short of ending Mubarak’s 30-year rule. It noted that the president had handed powers to his deputy the previous day — perhaps signaling that this should satisfy demonstrators.

Feb 11, 2011

Egypt’s fate unclear as Mubarak clings to office

CAIRO (Reuters) – By clinging to office, Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak has defied the demonstrators clamouring for an end to his 30-year rule, setting the stage for further conflict in which the military’s role could be crucial.

Even after Mubarak told the nation in a televised speech late on Thursday that he was handing powers to Vice-President Omar Suleiman, it remained unclear who was really in charge.

Feb 11, 2011

Analysis: Egypt’s fate unclear as Mubarak clings to office

CAIRO (Reuters) – By clinging to office, Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak has defied the demonstrators clamoring for an end to his 30-year rule, setting the stage for further conflict in which the military’s role could be crucial.

Even after Mubarak told the nation in a televised speech late on Thursday that he was handing powers to Vice-President Omar Suleiman, it remained unclear who was really in charge.

Feb 10, 2011

Protesters and army force Mubarak to cede power

CAIRO (Reuters) – Hosni Mubarak, president of Egypt for 30 years and a staunch U.S. ally, handed power to his deputy on Thursday, ending his one-man rule but not quitting his post.

His ignominious sidelining, apparently orchestrated by the military under fierce pressure from pro-democracy protesters, will reverberate across the Arab world and far beyond.

Feb 10, 2011

Egypt’s fate unclear as Mubarak’s power crumbles

CAIRO (Reuters) – A military coup? A triumph for people power? Egyptians watching as President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule disintegrated on Thursday could not be sure.

When a grim-faced military spokesman appeared on television to read “Communique No. 1″ announcing that the army’s higher council was in continuous session — in Mubarak’s conspicuous absence — it looked like a classic military takeover.

Feb 10, 2011

Analysis: Egypt’s fate unclear as Mubarak’s power crumbles

CAIRO (Reuters) – A military coup? A triumph for people power? Egyptians watching as President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule disintegrated on Thursday could not be sure.

When a grim-faced military spokesman appeared on television to read “Communique No. 1″ announcing that the army’s higher council was in continuous session — in Mubarak’s conspicuous absence — it looked like a classic military takeover.

Feb 9, 2011

Arab rulers use sticks, carrots to stem discontent

CAIRO (Reuters) – Popular revolts in Tunisia and Egypt may have cracked the mould of Arab submission to often corrupt, unaccountable despots, but most still cling to power.

Former Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali fled after his army refused to crush protesters, but the country remains far from stable and a democratic outcome is not assured.

Feb 9, 2011

Analysis: Arab rulers use sticks, carrots to stem discontent

CAIRO (Reuters) – Popular revolts in Tunisia and Egypt may have cracked the mold of Arab submission to often corrupt, unaccountable despots, but most still cling to power.

Former Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali fled after his army refused to crush protesters, but the country remains far from stable and a democratic outcome is not assured.

Jan 31, 2011

Egypt unrest shakes Arab world, upsets U.S. policy

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Egypt has long served as the Arab world’s centre of gravity — or of inertia under President Hosni Mubarak. An explosion of street protests has changed all that, with untold consequences for the region and for Western policy.

Many Arabs were already entranced by Tunisia’s popular rising, which with the army’s help forced President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali to flee on Jan. 14 after 23 years in power.

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      "I cover the Middle East, with an emphasis on political analysis, region-wide stories and in-depth features. I live in Beirut and have been in my current post since June 2006. Outside my main Middle Eastern beat, I have covered Turkey, Pakistan and Afghanistan."
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