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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.

Apr 30, 2012

Two horse race in final stretch for Egypt presidency

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt enters the last stage of its first democratic presidential race on Monday with its field narrowing to a two-horse race between the urbane former head of the Arab League and a charismatic Islamist medic jailed for years under Hosni Mubarak.

A poll published in state-run al-Ahram daily on Monday showed veteran diplomat Amr Moussa in the lead, followed by Abdel Moneim Abol Fotouh, who has emerged in recent days as the leading Islamist candidate after securing the support of the ultra-conservative Salafist movement.

Apr 30, 2012

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.

Apr 27, 2012

Egyptians protest amid fears over Mubarak old guard

CAIRO (Reuters) – Hundreds of Egyptian Islamists protested in Cairo on Friday against what they said was a bid to bring back deposed president Hosni Mubarak’s old guard after his last prime minister was allowed to stand in the presidential election.

But exposing divisions less than a month before an historic vote that marks the final step in a turbulent transition from army rule, youth movements and other activists who led the anti-Mubarak revolt last year did not join the demonstration.

Apr 26, 2012

Mubarak’s PM says can lead Egypt, draws protests

CAIRO (Reuters) – Ahmed Shafiq says he has the military and political experience needed to lead Egypt into a new democratic era, yet Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister has divided voters and drawn angry protests with his bid to become president.

Shafiq’s supporters see his military background as guarantee he can restore order after 14 months of turmoil. Opponents see him as leftover from the old order and mock him as the “candy man” for once suggesting anti-Mubarak protesters should be offered sweets during demonstrations.

Apr 24, 2012

Egypt’s new politics make Israel ties a target

CAIRO (Reuters) – To mark the day Egypt regained control of the Sinai peninsula from Israel, a group of protesters pledged they would this week cover a memorial to Israelis killed in the war with an Egyptian flag bearing the words: “Sinai – the invaders’ graveyard.”

The gesture will be one of the most public expressions of anger against Israel since the fall of President Hosni Mubarak, marking the emergence of a long-repressed hostility among many ordinary Egyptians.

Apr 24, 2012

Analysis: Egypt’s new politics make Israel ties a target

CAIRO (Reuters) – To mark the day Egypt regained control of the Sinai peninsula from Israel, a group of protesters pledged they would this week cover a memorial to Israelis killed in the war with an Egyptian flag bearing the words: “Sinai – the invaders’ graveyard.”

The gesture will be one of the most public expressions of anger against Israel since the fall of President Hosni Mubarak, marking the emergence of a long-repressed hostility among many ordinary Egyptians.

Apr 23, 2012

Gas row not political, Israel and Egypt say

JERUSALEM/CAIRO, April 23 (Reuters) – Israel’s prime
minister on Monday played down Egypt’s termination of a gas
supply deal after the Israeli finance minister said the move
cast a shadow over the peace agreement between the two
countries.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the cancellation of
the contract supplying Israel with 40 percent of its gas needs,
announced on Sunday, resulted from a business rather than a
diplomatic dispute.

Apr 22, 2012

Egypt’s Moussa promises army voice in key policy body

CAIRO (Reuters) – Ex-foreign minister Amr Moussa, a leading contender for Egypt’s presidency, said on Sunday he would give the military a voice in key policies via a national security council, a move to reassure ruling generals about their status after a power transfer.

Moussa, a self-described liberal nationalist whose main election rivals are Islamists, also said Egypt needed a president with lobbying skills to work effectively with the Islamist-dominated parliament and other institutions after decades of autocratic government.

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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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