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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.

Dec 7, 2012

Egyptian opposition to shun Mursi’s national dialogue

CAIRO, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Mohamed Mursi was
expected to press ahead on Saturday with talks on ways to end
Egypt’s worst crisis since he took office even though the
country’s main opposition leaders have vowed to stay away.

Cairo and other cities have been rocked by violent protests
since Nov. 22, when Mursi promulgated a decree awarding himself
sweeping powers that put him above the law.

Dec 7, 2012

Protesters surge around Egypt’s presidential palace

CAIRO (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Egyptian protesters surged around President Mohamed Mursi’s palace in Cairo on Friday after breaking through barbed wire barricades and climbing onto army tanks guarding the premises.

“The people want the downfall of the regime” and “Leave, leave,” they chanted, using slogans used in the uprising that toppled Mursi’s predecessor Hosni Mubarak in February 2011.

Dec 7, 2012

Foes of Egypt’s Islamist president spurn dialogue offer

CAIRO, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Egyptian opposition leaders
rejected a national dialogue on Friday that had been proposed by
the Islamist president as a way out of a crisis that has
polarised the nation and provoked deadly clashes in the streets.

Opponents of Mohamed Mursi, the first elected head of state
in Egypt’s history, staged more street protests in Cairo, while
his supporters in the Muslim Brotherhood held emotional funerals
for six of the movement’s members killed in fighting around the
presidential palace earlier in the week.

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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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