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Jun 1, 2012

Exclusive – Egypt Islamist says he is choice for revolutionaries

CAIRO (Reuters) – The Islamist aiming to be Egypt’s president vowed to keep Hosni Mubarak in jail forever and forecast his liberal rivals would back him in an election runoff against a former general he sees as heir to the deposed leader.

In his first international media interview since he won the first round ballot, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Mursi professed confidence the liberal rivals would swallow their fears of religious rule and vote him to victory.

May 31, 2012

Egypt Islamist says he is choice for revolutionaries

CAIRO (Reuters) – The Islamist aiming to be Egypt’s president professes confidence his liberal rivals will swallow their fears of religious rule and vote him to victory in the election runoff against a former general he sees as the heir to the oppressive old regime.

And, in his first international media interview since he won the first round ballot, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Mursi appealed to last year’s revolutionaries by vowing, if elected, to keep Hosni Mubarak, the president they deposed, in jail forever – whatever verdict a court passes on him on Saturday.

May 28, 2012

Egypt presidential election body weighs complaints

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s election committee on Sunday considered complaints about a presidential poll that has left voters with what many see as a painful run-off choice between an Islamist apparatchik and a throwback to Hosni Mubarak’s era.

Both contenders are seeking to lay claim to the mantle of the “revolution” that toppled Mubarak 15 months ago, and to appeal to the many Egyptians who picked more centrist figures in last week’s first round.

May 28, 2012

Egypt election body weighs complaints

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s election committee on Sunday considered complaints about a presidential poll that has left voters with what many see as a painful run-off choice between an Islamist apparatchik and a throwback to Hosni Mubarak’s era.

Both contenders are seeking to lay claim to the mantle of the “revolution” that toppled Mubarak 15 months ago, and to appeal to the many Egyptians who picked more centrist figures in last week’s first round.

May 27, 2012

Egypt’s two contenders for president vie for votes

CAIRO (Reuters) – The two apparent survivors in Egypt’s presidential race tried to gather support on Sunday from voters dismayed at what many see as a painful second-round choice between an Islamist apparatchik and a throwback to Hosni Mubarak’s era.

Both men are seeking to soften those images, lay claim to the mantle of the “revolution” that toppled Mubarak 15 months ago, and appeal to the many Egyptians who picked more centrist figures in last week’s first round.

May 25, 2012

Egypt to pick Islamist or military man as president

CAIRO (Reuters) – The Muslim Brotherhood said on Friday its candidate in Egypt’s first free presidential vote would fight a run-off next month with ex-air force chief Ahmed Shafiq, the last prime minister of deposed leader Hosni Mubarak.

This week’s first-round vote has polarised Egyptians between those determined to avoid handing the presidency back to a man from Mubarak’s era and those fearing an Islamist monopoly of ruling institutions. The run-off will be held on June 16 and 17.

May 25, 2012

Military man in run-off for Egypt presidency

CAIRO (Reuters) – The prospect of Ahmed Shafiq succeeding Hosni Mubarak as president of Egypt is a nightmare for revolutionaries and Islamists, but a security blanket for those wary of change.

Shafiq, who served briefly as Mubarak’s last premier, is a divisive military figure who will contest next month’s run-off vote for the presidency against the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Mursi, according to a count by the Islamist group.

May 25, 2012

Egypt counts votes, Brotherhood says ahead

CAIRO (Reuters) – The Muslim Brotherhood said on Friday its candidate was leading the early count in Egypt’s first free presidential election that exposed a rift in the nation between supporters of Islamists and backers of men who served deposed autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

The Brotherhood said Mohamed Mursi was ahead based on a small sample of results shortly after voting ended in an election that marks the final step in a messy and often bloody transition to democracy, overseen by a military council.

May 23, 2012

Egyptians vote to pick president for first time

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptians began voting freely on Wednesday for the first time to pick their president in a wide open election that pits Islamists against men who served under deposed leader Hosni Mubarak.

The contest is a novelty for a nation where elections during the 30-year rule of a man some called “Pharaoh” were thinly attended rigmaroles in which the result was a foregone conclusion.

May 17, 2012

Israel becomes a target in Egypt’s presidential vote

CAIRO (Reuters) – Israel has become a punchbag for politicians vying for votes in Egypt’s presidential race, playing on popular antipathy in Egypt towards its neighbor, but the realities of office are likely to ensure a 33-year-old peace treaty is not jeopardized.

An ex-air force commander in the race boasts of bringing down Israeli aircraft in 1973, the last of Egypt’s four wars with Israel. One Islamist often refers to Israel as the “Zionist entity”, rather than by name, and describes it as an “enemy”.

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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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