CAIRO (Reuters) – Painted on a wall on the edge of Cairo’s Tahrir Square is a large portrait that illustrates how many view the man who has ruled Egypt since Hosni Mubarak was overthrown last year.
Half the face is of the ousted president juxtaposed to the other portion showing Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, the 76-year-old who was Mubarak’s defense minister for 20 years.
CAIRO (Reuters) – A second day of voting on Sunday will deliver Egypt’s first freely elected president, though the country faces renewed tension whether he is a former general from the old guard or an Islamist from the long-suppressed Muslim Brotherhood.
Millions lined up quietly on Saturday to cast ballots for either Ahmed Shafik, the last prime minister of Hosni Mubarak, or Mohamed Morsy, a U.S.-educated engineer who spent time in Mubarak’s jails and offers Egypt a new start as an Islamic democracy.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Ahmed Shafik’s campaign to succeed Hosni Mubarak as president of Egypt did not include a stopover in Tahrir Square.
Birthplace of the uprising that toppled the autocratic leader and now the rallying point for an unfinished revolution, Tahrir has seethed with hostility to a man seen by many as a Mubarak offshoot who would reverse progress to democracy.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Activists called for a protest on Friday and Islamists warned that the gains of the revolt that toppled Hosni Mubarak could be wiped out after Egypt’s supreme court dissolved parliament and ruled to keep his last premier in this weekend’s presidential race.
Egypt’s already troubled transition was plunged into turmoil by Thursday’s court rulings. Islamists, who dominate parliament and have gained most since the uprising that ousted Mubarak last year, called the court ruling a “coup”.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Speculation about Hosni Mubarak’s health has riveted Egyptians since he was sent to jail to serve a life sentence, a reminder that his legacy still hangs over the Arab world’s most populous nation days before a run-off election to choose his successor.
The former president may have been pushed from power, yet many of his opponents worry that the institutions of state which kept him in office for 30 years are regrouping to reassert their grip after last year’s popular uprising.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq stepped up his attacks against his Muslim Brotherhood rival in a run-off vote, saying on Sunday the Islamist would drag Egypt into the “dark ages” and threaten the rights of women, Christians and others.
The comments from the last Prime Minister of former president Hosni Mubarack, his first public address for more than a week, reflected how divisive the race has become since the former air force commander made it through last month’s first round into a head-to-head against Mohamed Mursi.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Hosni Mubarak, who governed Egypt for 30 years before a popular uprising toppled him last year, will hear a judge rule on Saturday on whether he is guilty of graft and complicity in the killing of protesters.
Hundreds of police surrounded the court set up at the Police Academy on Cairo’s outskirts. Protesters gathered outside holding up images of those killed in the uprising and calling for Mubarak’s execution. “Dear God, take Mubarak and those with him!” they chanted.
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.
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.
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.