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Dec 7, 2011

Egypt outlines plans for new constitution

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s army detailed on Wednesday plans to ensure those who draft the constitution represent all society not just groups in parliament, views set to rile Islamists seeking a commanding role in the process after early success in a parliamentary poll.

But the army’s remarks may reassure the United States, which gives billions of dollars in military and other aid to Egypt, and other Western nations wary of the rise of Islamists after Hosni Mubarak was ousted in February.

Dec 7, 2011

Egypt’s Islamists claim most seats in run-off vote

CAIRO (Reuters) – The Muslim Brotherhood said on Wednesday it had won most seats in an opening round of run-offs in Egypt’s staggered parliamentary vote, consolidating its lead over rival liberals and hardline Salafi Islamists.

The Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), which has promised to work with a broad coalition in the new assembly, secured 34 individual seats out of the 45 it contested in the run-offs on Monday and Tuesday, a party source told Reuters.

Dec 5, 2011

Islamist rivals in Egypt election stand-off

CAIRO (Reuters) – Rival Islamists in Egypt’s parliamentary election played up their differences in a first-round run-off vote, with the top-placed Muslim Brotherhood anxious to show a moderate face to Egyptians hungry for stability.

Hardline Salafis were the surprise runner-up in last week’s opening stage, the biggest test of the public mood since street protests ended Hosni Mubarak’s three-decade rule in February.

Dec 5, 2011

Islamists seek to extend gains in Egypt run-off vote

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptians voted on Monday in run-off contests for parliamentary seats, with the Muslim Brotherhood’s party trying to extend its lead over hardline Islamists and liberal parties in a political landscape redrawn by the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak.

The Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) is set to take the most seats in Egypt’s first free election in six decades, bolstering its hand in any struggle with the ruling army council for influence over the most populous Arab nation.

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.

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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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