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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.

Apr 21, 2012

New Brotherhood candidate pitched in to Egypt race

CAIRO (Reuters) – The Muslim Brotherhood’s new presidential candidate, pitched into the race after its first choice was disqualified, promised on Saturday to govern in coalition and to steady Egypt after more than a year of political turmoil.

Mohamed Mursi, 59, the head of the Brotherhood’s political party, said he would seek the votes of ultra-conservative Muslims after a popular hardline Salafi candidate was barred too, but he promised to be a president for all Egyptians.

Apr 20, 2012

Egyptians mass to demand army retreat from power

CAIRO (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Egyptians demanded on Friday that their military rulers stick to a pledge to hand over power by mid-year after a row over who can run in the presidential election raised doubts about the army’s commitment to democracy.

Two leading Islamist candidates, one representing the Muslim Brotherhood who was seen as the frontrunner, were among those disqualified this week from a vote that starts on May 23-24, drawing a storm of criticism from supporters and the candidates.

Apr 20, 2012

Egyptians demand army retreat from power

CAIRO (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Egyptians demanded on Friday that their military rulers stick to a pledge to hand over power by mid-year after a row over who can run in the presidential election raised doubts about the army’s commitment to democracy.

Two leading Islamist candidates, one representing the Muslim Brotherhood who was seen as the frontrunner, were among those disqualified this week from a vote that starts on May 23-24, drawing a storm of criticism from supporters and the candidates.

Apr 18, 2012

Barred Islamist says Egypt army wants to keep power

CAIRO (Reuters) – A leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood said on Wednesday his removal from the presidential ballot showed the army wanted to cling to power, a charge that turns up the heat between generals and Islamists, who both say they back a transition to democracy.

Khairat al-Shater, a wealthy businessman and top official in the Brotherhood, Egypt’s biggest Islamist group, had been a frontrunner for next month’s first round of voting – until the election committee rejected his bid over a criminal record he acquired during political persecution under Hosni Mubarak.

Apr 5, 2012

Supporters hail Brotherhood bid for Egypt presidency

CAIRO (Reuters) – The Muslim Brotherhood candidate for Egypt’s presidency was cheered on by supporters on Thursday when he registered to run in an election where his main rivals will be other Islamists and candidates who served under the ousted president, Hosni Mubarak.

Khairat al-Shater, 61, a millionaire businessman and leading strategist in the Brotherhood, was named as its candidate last week in a policy reversal by the group that previously pledged it would not participate.

Apr 3, 2012

Egypt’s Brotherhood torn over quest for presidency

CAIRO (Reuters) – A politician in Egypt’s powerful Muslim Brotherhood publicly exposed rifts in the usually disciplined group on Tuesday over its surprise decision to seek the presidency, breaking a promise not to do so.

Mohamed Beltagy, head of the Cairo bureau of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party used his Facebook page to air his disquiet at Saturday’s decision to field Khairat al-Shater, a top Brotherhood strategist and millionaire businessman, as presidential candidate.

Apr 2, 2012

Once cautious Brotherhood gambles on Egypt presidency

CAIRO (Reuters) – A surprise decision by Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood to field a candidate in the presidential election signals a new assertiveness by the traditionally cautious group that risks splitting the Islamist vote and aiding rivals from the era of Hosni Mubarak.

The new approach has become increasingly apparent in the Brotherhood’s standoff with the ruling military council, which has rejected the Islamist group’s demand for the army-backed cabinet to be sacked so it can lead the formation of a new one.

Apr 1, 2012

Brotherhood presidency bid turns up heat in Egypt race

CAIRO (Reuters) – A deft businessman and politician tempered by years in Hosni Mubarak’s prisons, Khairat al-Shater is aiming to bring Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood to the pinnacle of power for the first time in its 84-year history. But his candidacy for the presidency has exposed rifts in the Islamist group’s ranks, worried liberals and could turn up the heat in a row with Egypt’s ruling army.

Without even a day of campaigning under his belt but by virtue of the Brotherhood’s broad grassroots network, Shater, 61, moves straight into the ranks of frontrunners for the job Mubarak held for 30 years until he was ousted last year.

Mar 29, 2012
via FaithWorld

Arab revolts bring Muslim Brotherhood’s Islamist regional vision closer

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(An Egyptian protester holds up a Koran while participating in a rally at Tahrir square in Cairo July 29, 2011.REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany)

The Muslim Brotherhood has quietly spread its influence far beyond Egypt in its 84-year history, but Arab revolts have opened broad new political horizons the group hopes will reflect its founder’s vision for the Arab and Islamic world.

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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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