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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”.

May 15, 2012

Mubarak’s last premier polarizes Egypt’s voters

CAIRO (Reuters) – The face of Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister beams down from huge billboards on major highways promising “Egypt for everyone”, but Ahmed Shafiq is polarizing voters ahead of next week’s presidential poll.

For some, his government experience and background as a former air force commander promise an end to the turbulence since Mubarak was ousted more than 15 months ago and a military council took over.

May 14, 2012

Egypt vote won’t push the generals aside

CAIRO (Reuters) – Near the rock-strewn scene of a bloody anti-army protest, Islamist, liberal and other politicians sat with ruling generals this month to haggle over Egypt’s future after its first presidential vote since Hosni Mubarak’s fall.

At stake in the Defense Ministry meeting, held just hours after 11 people were killed in another flare-up marring Egypt’s transition to democracy, was who would write a new constitution and what powers would Mubarak’s successor have.

May 5, 2012

Egypt imposes curfew, deploys army after protests

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s military rulers on Saturday imposed an overnight curfew and deployed soldiers around the Defence Ministry to deter a repeat of Friday’s deadly violence, less than three weeks before a presidential vote.

One soldier died and almost 400 people were wounded in Friday’s clashes, the second time in a week that protests over the army’s handling of Egypt’s troubled transition from army rule to civilian government have turned violent.

Apr 30, 2012

NEWSMAKER: Ex-Arab League boss vows reform, dismisses Mubarak link

CAIRO (Reuters) – The 75-year-old former head of the Arab League has vowed to serve just one four-year term if elected Egypt’s president, but Amr Moussa’s Islamist rivals, who see him as a relic from Hosni Mubarak’s era, say he doesn’t even deserve that long.

Moussa, who became popular with ordinary Egyptians as head of the Cairo-based League, is tipped as a front-runner in next month’s election.

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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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