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Dec 4, 2011

Islamist success is democracy at work: Egypt’s Moussa

CAIRO (Reuters) – Amr Moussa, a front-runner for Egypt’s presidency, said on Sunday the strong Islamist showing in the first parliamentary election since army generals replaced Hosni Mubarak in February had to be swallowed as democracy in action.

The Muslim Brotherhood has also urged its rivals to “accept the will of the people” after a first-round vote set its party on course to take the most seats in parliament, with a hardline Salafi Islamist party thrusting liberals into third place.

Nov 30, 2011

Egypt’s Brotherhood feels its time has come

CAIRO (Reuters) – After waiting 83 years, the Muslim Brotherhood finally senses a chance to be at the centre of how Egypt is governed and the Islamists hope to lead the renaissance of a nation which has suffered a steep economic and political decline.

That ambition above all else will define the next steps of a group which owes its survival to pragmatism. The Brotherhood will likely carry on treading lightly, hoping to ease fears at home and abroad over its vision for the new Egypt.

Nov 30, 2011

Analysis: Egypt’s Brotherhood feels its time has come

CAIRO (Reuters) – After waiting 83 years, the Muslim Brotherhood finally senses a chance to be at the centre of how Egypt is governed and the Islamists hope to lead the renaissance of a nation which has suffered a steep economic and political decline.

That ambition above all else will define the next steps of a group which owes its survival to pragmatism. The Brotherhood will likely carry on treading lightly, hoping to ease fears at home and abroad over its vision for the new Egypt.

Nov 30, 2011

Muslim Brotherhood says leads Egypt’s vote count

CAIRO (Reuters) – The Muslim Brotherhood’s party said on Wednesday its bloc was leading the vote count in the first stage of Egypt’s first election since the fall of Hosni Mubarak.

No official results have been released.

The Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) said early indications showed it was ahead in the races for seats allocated both by party list and to individuals. In the party list race it was followed by the Islamist Salafi al-Nour Party and the liberal Egyptian Bloc, it said in a statement.

Nov 25, 2011

Newsmaker – New prime minister exposes divisions in Egypt

CAIRO (Reuters) – The army’s choice of prime minister has polarised debate in Egypt, riling protesters in Tahrir Square who see him as a throwback to Hosni Mubarak’s rule and pleasing others who view him as a “clean pair of hands” with the skills to restore order.

The divisions over Kamal Ganzouri, 78, may serve to highlight the army’s argument that protesters in central Cairo, demanding an immediate end to military rule, do not represent the whole nation of 80 million people.

Nov 25, 2011

New prime minister exposes divisions in Egypt

CAIRO (Reuters) – The army’s choice of prime minister has polarised debate in Egypt, riling protesters in Tahrir Square who see him as a throwback to Hosni Mubarak’s rule and pleasing others who view him as a “clean pair of hands” with the skills to restore order.

The divisions over Kamal Ganzouri, 78, may serve to highlight the army’s argument that protesters in central Cairo, demanding an immediate end to military rule, do not represent the whole nation of 80 million people.

Nov 24, 2011

Truce quiets Cairo streets, army apologizes

CAIRO (Reuters) – An overnight truce between Egyptian riot police and protesters succeeded on Thursday in calming violence that has killed 39 people in five days, but demonstrators occupying Cairo’s Tahrir Square vowed to stay until the army gives up power.

Egypt’s ruling military council, which has vowed to start parliamentary elections as scheduled on Monday, said it was doing all it could to “prevent the repetition of these events.”

Nov 23, 2011

Analysis: Arab League breaks habit, turns on Syria

CAIRO (Reuters) – After months of silence, Arabs are showing old formulas in the region no longer apply. The Arab League, which for six decades barely lifted a finger in anger at a member state, is now threatening Syria with sanctions for cracking down on protests.

What led to this is a mixture of Syria’s blindness to – or at least determination to ignore – change brought with the Arab Spring; Damascus’s choice of friends which has for years riled Arabs particularly in the Gulf; and a new chief at the League with a record of human rights work he is now bringing to bear.

Nov 22, 2011

Newsmaker – Military ruler battles with Mubarak comparison

CAIRO (Reuters) – A striking image hoisted in Cairo’s Tahrir Square when protests against military rule erupted showed an ageing, male face; one half was Hosni Mubarak’s, the other that of the man now in charge of Egypt – Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi.

It sums up a growing sentiment as transition to civilian rule has dragged on: Tantawi, defending the armed forces’ vast economic interests after 60 years in power, has betrayed the trust of a nation and is acting in the same way as the former president he served as defence minister for two decades.

Nov 22, 2011

Egypt’s military ruler battles with Mubarak comparison

CAIRO (Reuters) – A striking image hoisted in Cairo’s Tahrir Square when protests against military rule erupted showed an aging, male face; one half was Hosni Mubarak’s, the other that of the man now in charge of Egypt – Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi.

It sums up a growing sentiment as transition to civilian rule has dragged on: Tantawi, defending the armed forces’ vast economic interests after 60 years in power, has betrayed the trust of a nation and is acting in the same way as the former president he served as defense minister for two decades.

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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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