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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.

Dec 16, 2012

Mursi’s slim vote win to embolden Egypt’s opposition

CAIRO (Reuters) – President Mohamed Mursi now seems assured of pushing through Egypt’s new, distinctly Islamist constitution – but by a margin slim enough to embolden his opponents in next year’s parliamentary election.

That could be good news for Egypt’s nascent democracy and its battered economy if it encourages political rivals to fight their battles at the ballot box rather than in the streets, where clashes have alarmed both investors and tourists.

Dec 12, 2012

Insight: Egypt’s opposition still searching for a single voice

CAIRO (Reuters) – With a bust of Egypt’s former President Gamal Abdel Nasser in his office, opposition politician Hamdeen Sabahy has a knack for the kind of rousing rhetoric his nationalist hero employed to inspire the public.

The one-time student leader who founded the Popular Current, a movement that has started to gain influence across the country of 83 million, may be one of the biggest winners from a crisis that has engulfed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi after he expanded his powers and sparked nationwide protests.

Dec 12, 2012

Egypt’s opposition still searching for a single voice

CAIRO, Dec 12 (Reuters) – With a bust of Egypt’s former
President Gamal Abdel Nasser in his office, opposition
politician Hamdeen Sabahy has a knack for the kind of rousing
rhetoric his nationalist hero employed to inspire the public.

The one-time student leader who founded the Popular Current,
a movement that has started to gain influence across the country
of 83 million, may be one of the biggest winners from a crisis
that has engulfed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi after he
expanded his powers and sparked nationwide protests.

Dec 9, 2012

Egypt’s Mursi scraps decree, fails to appease opponents

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s president scrapped a decree that gave him extra powers and ignited violent protests, but irate opponents said on Sunday he had deepened the conflict by pressing on with a vote on a constitution shaped by Islamists.

President Mohamed Mursi and his Islamist partisans have insisted the referendum should go ahead on December 15 to seal a democratic transition that began when a popular uprising felled Hosni Mubarak 22 months ago after three decades of one-man rule.

Dec 9, 2012

Egypt president scraps decree that sparked protests

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi has cancelled a decree that gave him sweeping powers and sparked deadly violence, but did not delay this month’s referendum on a new constitution as his opponents had demanded.

The announcement that Mursi had scrapped his November 22 decree followed hours of talks on Saturday at his presidential palace, billed as a “national dialogue” but which was boycotted by his main opponents and had little credibility among protesters.

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      "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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