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Nov 26, 2012

Egypt’s Mursi to meet judges over power grab

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi meets senior judges on Monday to try to ease a crisis over his seizure of new powers which has set off violent protests reminiscent of the revolution last year that brought his Islamist movement to power.

The protesters, some camped in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, have said only retracting his decree will satisfy them, a sign of the deep rift between Islamists and their opponents that is destabilizing Egypt two years after Hosni Mubarak was ousted.

Nov 25, 2012

Egypt’s Mursi must scrap “dictatorial” decree – ElBaradei

CAIRO (Reuters) – Prominent opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei said on Saturday there could be no dialogue with Egypt’s president until he scrapped a “dictatorial” decree that he said gave the Islamist leader Mohamed Mursi the powers of a pharaoh.

The presidential decree issued on Thursday by Mursi, elected in June with the Muslim Brotherhood behind him, expanded his powers and caused fury amongst his opponents, prompting violent clashes in central Cairo and other cities on Friday.

Nov 24, 2012

Egypt’s ElBaradei demands Mursi rescinds “dictatorial” decree

CAIRO, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Prominent opposition leader
Mohamed ElBaradei said on Saturday there could be no dialogue
with Egypt’s president until he rescinded a “dictatorial” decree
that he said gave the Islamist leader Mohamed Mursi the powers
of a pharaoh.

The presidential decree issued on Thursday by Mursi, elected
in June with the Muslim Brotherhood behind him, expanded his
powers and caused fury amongst his opponents, prompting violent
clashes in central Cairo and other cities on Friday.

Nov 23, 2012

Protests after “pharaoh” Mursi assumes powers in Egypt

CAIRO, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi’s
decision to assume sweeping powers caused fury amongst his
opponents and prompted violent clashes in central Cairo and
other cities on Friday.

Police fired tear gas near Cairo’s Tahrir Square, heart of
the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak, where thousands
demanded Mursi quit and accused him of launching a “coup”.
Angry youth hurled rocks at security forces and burned a police
truck.

Nov 23, 2012

Egypt’s Mursi called “pharaoh”, violent protests erupt

CAIRO, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi’s
decree exempting all his decisions from legal challenge until a
new parliament was elected caused fury amongst his opponents on
Friday who accused him of being the new Hosni Mubarak and
hijacking the revolution.

Thousands of chanting protesters packed Tahrir Square, the
heart of the 2011 anti-Mubarak uprising, demanding Mursi quit
and accusing him of launching a “coup”. There were violent
protests in Alexandria, Port Said and Suez.

Nov 23, 2012

Egypt’s Mursi called “pharaoh” for seizing new powers

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi’s decree exempting all his decisions from legal challenge until a new parliament was elected caused fury amongst his opponents on Friday who accused him of being the new Hosni Mubarak and hijacking the revolution.

Mursi’s aides said the decree was to speed up a protracted transition that has been hindered by legal obstacles but Mursi’s rivals were quick to condemn him as a new autocratic pharaoh who wanted to impose his Islamist vision on Egypt.

Nov 22, 2012

Analysis: Egypt proves peace role can survive Arab Spring

CAIRO (Reuters) – Mediating the Gaza truce was a bravura diplomatic performance by Egypt’s new President Mohamed Mursi, jacking up his personal stature and reassuring an anxious Washington that the architecture of Middle East peace can survive the Arab Spring.

For nearly two years, Washington has fretted over what would happen in a major showdown between Israel and the Palestinians without the Arab autocrats that kept stability for decades, above all Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak who presented himself as the personal guarantor of its 1979 peace with Israel.

Nov 22, 2012

Egypt proves peace role can survive Arab Spring

CAIRO (Reuters) – Mediating the Gaza truce was a bravura diplomatic performance by Egypt’s new President Mohamed Mursi, jacking up his personal stature and reassuring an anxious Washington that the architecture of Middle East peace can survive the Arab Spring.

For nearly two years, Washington has fretted over what would happen in a major showdown between Israel and the Palestinians without the Arab autocrats that kept stability for decades, above all Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak who presented himself as the personal guarantor of its 1979 peace with Israel.

Nov 20, 2012

Egypt agrees deal for $4.8 billion IMF loan

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt reached a preliminary agreement on Tuesday with the International Monetary Fund for a $4.8 billion loan, a step seen as vital to shoring up the nation’s finances.

Investors who abandoned Egypt during the political turmoil that followed the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak last year have been looking to the IMF to give its seal of approval to the government’s economic program.

Nov 20, 2012

Egypt reaches preliminary deal for $4.8 bln IMF loan

CAIRO, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Egypt reached a preliminary
agreement on Tuesday with the International Monetary Fund for a
$4.8 billion loan, a step seen as vital to shoring up the
nation’s finances.

Investors who abandoned Egypt during the political turmoil
that followed the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak last year have been
looking to the IMF to give its seal of approval to the
government’s economic programme.

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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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