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Dec 15, 2011

Egypt’s Islamists play out countryside courtship

BENI SUEF, Egypt (Reuters) – Two main Islamist groups are competing in Egypt’s parliamentary election, but some of their grassroots supporters in the provinces say they have much in common and should push together for Islamic rule.

In rural Egypt a complex courtship with an uncertain outcome is under way between supporters of the venerable Muslim Brotherhood and backers of political newcomer, the stricter Islamist al-Nour Party.

Dec 6, 2011
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Egypt’s vote-winning Islamists are divided and wary

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(The Nile in Cairo, July 2008/Daniel Mayer)

Islamists look set to dominate the next Egyptian parliament, but mutual suspicion between the two main groups, the Muslim Brotherhood and the Nour Party, makes it unlikely they will join in an exclusive governing alliance.

The split in the Islamist camp leaves scope for liberals and secularists to play a part in the first post-election government and reduces the chances of any one group restoring the kind of de facto one-party rule that Egypt experienced from the 1950s until a popular uprising toppled Hosni Mubarak on February 11.

Dec 5, 2011

Analysis: Egypt’s vote-winning Islamists are divided and wary

CAIRO (Reuters) – Islamists look set to dominate the next Egyptian parliament, but mutual suspicion between the two main groups, the Muslim Brotherhood and the Nour Party, makes it unlikely they will join in an exclusive governing alliance.

The split in the Islamist camp leaves scope for liberals and secularists to play a part in the first post-election government and reduces the chances of any one group restoring the kind of de facto one-party rule that Egypt experienced from the 1950s until a popular uprising toppled Hosni Mubarak on February 11.

Nov 27, 2011

Tahrir protesters outrage some in Egypt

CAIRO (Reuters) – Hagg Mohamed the cobbler is shocked, as is the man who sells newspapers around the corner, just down the street from the offices of the Egyptian prime minister.

“These protesters in Tahrir Square don’t want good for Egypt. They are out to destroy the country,” said the cobbler, who had pulled down the metal shutters of his tiny workshop to keep out the tear gas wafting down the street on a light breeze.

Nov 22, 2011

Egyptians in calm Delta town expect fair election

MUTUBIS, Egypt (Reuters) – Far from restive Cairo, scene of deadly clashes between protesters and security forces, politicians in the Nile Delta town of Mutubis are preparing for parliamentary elections in an atmosphere of relative serenity and confidence about Egypt’s future.

Clashes between security forces and protesters demanding an end to military rule have killed 36 people in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and elsewhere, and forced concessions from the military.

Oct 6, 2011

Analysis: Egypt revolution chips away at Sadat’s legacy

CAIRO (Reuters)- Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, gunned down by Islamists at a military parade in Cairo 30 years ago on Thursday, left a political legacy that survived largely unscathed in the long reign of his successor, Hosni Mubarak.

His peace treaty with Israel still stands, the first between the Jewish state and any of its Arab neighbors, and after the openings Sadat gave to the private sector Egypt has evolved into a market economy that has turned its back on the socialist policies of the 1960s and early 1970s.

Oct 6, 2011

Egypt revolution chips away at Sadat’s legacy

CAIRO (Reuters)- Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, gunned down by Islamists at a military parade in Cairo 30 years ago on Thursday, left a political legacy that survived largely unscathed in the long reign of his successor, Hosni Mubarak.

His peace treaty with Israel still stands, the first between the Jewish state and any of its Arab neighbours, and after the openings Sadat gave to the private sector Egypt has evolved into a market economy that has turned its back on the socialist policies of the 1960s and early 1970s.

Mar 30, 2011

Analysis: Egyptians grapple with political overhaul

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s politics have been transformed since Hosni Mubarak was toppled on February 11 but the prospect of elections may put remnants of his ruling party and an established Islamist group in the driving seat for now.

Torn between the desire for stability and a full purge of the system which could extend turmoil that has cost the economy billions of dollars, many Egyptians have opted for the former.

Mar 30, 2011

Egyptians grapple with political overhaul

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s politics have been transformed since Hosni Mubarak was toppled on Feb. 11 but the prospect of elections may put remnants of his ruling party and an established Islamist group in the driving seat for now.

Torn between the desire for stability and a full purge of the system which could extend turmoil that has cost the economy billions of dollars, many Egyptians have opted for the former.

Mar 19, 2011

Egypt vote contrasts with thuggery and rigging of past

FAHMEEN, Egypt (Reuters) – The thugs stayed home, the judges resumed their seats with confidence and the police officers waved observers through into the polling stations with a smile and a polite “Welcome.”

Voters in a constitutional referendum in Egypt on Saturday could hardly believe it. Men in their 50s said they were voting for the first time in their lives, because in past elections they saw no point even trying to cast a ballot.