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Jan 26, 2013

Police and protesters clash in Egypt, army sent to Suez

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian protesters scuffled with police in Cairo on Saturday and troops were deployed in Suez after nine people were shot dead in nationwide protests against President Mohamed Mursi, exposing deep rifts two years after Hosni Mubarak was ousted.

After a day of clashes on Friday, tension remained high with a court expected to rule later on Saturday in a case against suspects accused of involvement in a stadium disaster that killed 74 people. Fans have threatened violence if the court does not deliver the justice they seek.

Jan 23, 2013

Gulf cash buying Egypt’s pound respite – for now

CAIRO, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Financial aid from the Gulf is
succeeding in buying Egypt’s government time as it battles to
prevent a currency collapse, though Cairo may not be able to
afford much more delay in securing a loan from the International
Monetary Fund.

An agreement with the IMF on the $4.8 billion facility was
expected to come last month, but talks were postponed because of
political instability in Egypt. The delay was a trigger for a
plunge in the Egyptian pound to record lows.

Jan 13, 2013

IMF deal will help Egypt’s ailing economy – EU’s Rompuy

CAIRO (Reuters) – A senior EU official urged Egypt on Sunday to conclude its talks with the International Monetary Fund on a $4.8 billion loan agreement, saying the deal would help restore international confidence in its wrecked economy.

Already struggling after two years of unrest following Egypt’s 2011 revolution, the economy has been hit by a new bout of turmoil in recent weeks, with tensions over a new constitution damaging people’s confidence in the government.

Jan 13, 2013

EU’s Rompuy: IMF deal will help Egypt’s ailing economy

CAIRO (Reuters) – A senior EU official urged Egypt on Sunday to conclude its talks with the International Monetary Fund on a $4.8 billion loan agreement, saying the deal would help restore international confidence in its wrecked economy.

Already struggling after two years of unrest following Egypt’s 2011 revolution, the economy has been hit by a new bout of turmoil in recent weeks, with tensions over a new constitution damaging people’s confidence in the government.

Dec 23, 2012

Fragile Egypt economy overshadows Mursi’s vote win

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi will have little time to savor victory in pushing through a new constitution as it may have cost the Islamist leader broader support for urgent austerity measures needed to fix the creaking economy.

By fast-tracking the constitution through to a referendum that the opposition said was divisive, he may have squandered any chance of building a consensus on tax rises and spending cuts that are essential to rein in a crushing budget deficit.

Dec 22, 2012

Early signs show Egypt’s new constitution passing

CAIRO, Dec 23 (Reuters) – Early indications showed Egyptians
approved an Islamist-drafted constitution after Saturday’s final
round of voting in a referendum despite opposition criticism of
the measure as divisive.

An official from the Muslim Brotherhood’s political party,
which backs Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, said that after
nearly 4 million votes had been counted there was a majority of
74 percent in favour of the constitution.

Dec 22, 2012

Early signs show Egypt’s Islamist-drafted constitution passing

CAIRO, Dec 23 (Reuters) – Early indications suggested
Egyptians approved an Islamist-drafted constitution in
Saturday’s second-round referendum despite opposition criticism
of the measure as divisive.

As counting began, an official from the Muslim Brotherhood’s
political party, which backs President Mohamed Mursi, said a
sample of a few hundred thousand votes had “yes” in the lead.

Dec 22, 2012

Vice president quits as Egypt votes on constitution

CAIRO, Dec 22 (Reuters) – Egypt’s vice-president resigned on
Saturday as Egyptians voted in a referendum that is expected to
approve a new constitution that lays the foundations for the
country’s transition to democracy but will strip him of his
role.

Authorities extended voting by four hours in the second and
decisive round of the plebiscite on an Islamist-drafted
constitution that the opposition has criticised as divisive and
likely to cause more unrest.

Dec 21, 2012

Egypt’s constitution seen passing in referendum

CAIRO (Reuters) – An Egyptian constitution drafted by Islamists is expected to be approved in a referendum on Saturday after the charter, which opponents say will create deeper turmoil, won approval in a first wave of voting a week ago.

The opposition have already cried foul, saying a litany of abuses means last Saturday’s ballot, involving about half the electorate, should be re-run. But the committee overseeing the two-stage vote said their investigations showed no major irregularities that would invalidate the process.

Dec 19, 2012

Egypt’s liberals decry “shadow” of the Brotherhood

CAIRO, Dec 19 (Reuters) – Director Khaled Youssef took on
the establishment with his films before Hosni Mubarak’s police
state was brought down and now believes the arts can challenge
the Islamists ruling Egypt after the revolution.

“Art will contribute greatly, just as it did in overthrowing
Mubarak’s regime,” said Youssef, who has joined the opposition
campaign against a constitution drafted by an Islamist assembly
that is on the verge of becoming the basis for Egypt’s laws.

    • About Edmund

      "Responsible for Reuters coverage from Egypt and Sudan, and overseeing operations of the Cairo-based Reuters Arabic language service. Previously was Bureau Chief, Iran. Have worked throughout the Middle East for most of the past 15 years, including covering the Iraq war and Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Have also covered financial and energy affairs, holding positions that inlude equities reporter in London."
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