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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
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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.

Mar 28, 2012

Analysis: Arab revolts bring Islamist regional vision closer

CAIRO (Reuters) – 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.

“There is no doubt that Hassan al-Banna believed in Islamic unity and not just Arab unity. But with such a vision we must consider reality and what is possible,” said Mahmoud Ghozlan, a member of the Brotherhood’s executive bureau.

Mar 28, 2012

Arab revolts bring Islamist regional vision closer

CAIRO (Reuters) – 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.

“There is no doubt that Hassan al-Banna believed in Islamic unity and not just Arab unity. But with such a vision we must consider reality and what is possible,” said Mahmoud Ghozlan, a member of the Brotherhood’s executive bureau.

Mar 26, 2012

Brotherhood at heart of deepening Egypt feuds

CAIRO (Reuters) – The Muslim Brotherhood’s efforts to shape Egypt’s political future plunged it into confrontation on Monday with both the ruling military and liberals angry at perceived Islamist attempts to dominate the country.

Liberals quit a 100-person body tasked with writing a new constitution in protest at what they said were Islamist attempts to control the process, a walk-out that cast a shadow over a major component of Egypt’s transition from years of autocracy.

Mar 13, 2012

Brotherhood takes softer line on Egypt government

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood said on Tuesday it recognized its demand to sack Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri’s cabinet is unlikely to be heeded by the ruling generals but that it did not want a standoff with the army, toning down tough talk by some of its MPs.

The Brotherhood is the biggest bloc in parliament which this week voted to begin steps to withdraw confidence from the army-appointed cabinet, a move that would take Egypt into uncharted political waters shortly before the military is due to relinquish power. The army says it will hand over to a new president by July 1.

Mar 11, 2012

Egypt army court acquits doctor over virginity test

CAIRO (Reuters) – An Egyptian army court acquitted an army doctor on Sunday of forcing a virginity test on a pro-democracy protester, setting back hopes of reining in a military establishment that has cracked down on the movement that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

The case of Samira Ibrahim, who defied taboos in the conservative Muslim country to challenge the military over her treatment in detention, was seen as a test by activists of the army’s pledge to investigate abuses and prosecute culprits.

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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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