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May 28, 2014

Lower Egypt voter turnout threatens Sisi mandate

CAIRO (Reuters) – Former Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was on course for a sweeping victory in the country’s presidential election on Wednesday, according to early provisional results.

Sisi’s campaign said their man had captured 93.4 percent with 2,000 polling stations counted, while judicial sources said he had 89 percent with 3,000 polling stations counted.

May 25, 2014

Set to rule divided Egypt, Sisi faces biggest test

CAIRO (Reuters) – Along a busy Cairo roundabout, a poster portrays presidential frontrunner Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as a teacher, engineer, doctor and judge, reassuring supporters who see him as Egypt’s savior.

But in other neighborhoods, opponents splash red paint on the image of the face of the man who toppled Egypt’s first freely-elected president, and who they say has blood on his hands for ordering a violent crackdown.

May 19, 2014

Egyptian Brotherhood split on using force as Sisi poised to rule

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (Reuters) – While the Muslim Brotherhood’s old guard doggedly call for peaceful resistance from their Egyptian courtroom cages, some youth members are seriously considering forceful retaliation against a state crackdown on their movement.

Young activists – many of whom are on the run and rarely sleep in one place for long to evade capture – complain that top leaders have lost touch with reality and failed to provide direction since then army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted the Islamist group from power last year.

May 8, 2014

Egypt’s Sisi lowers expectations for change

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptians should not expect instant democracy or rapid economic reforms, but should pull together for shared sacrifice. That is the sober message being delivered by Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the general who toppled Egypt’s first freely-elected leader last year and is now poised to be elected president later this month.

The former army chief stepped squarely into the public eye this week with a lengthy televised interview and other public remarks. His words seem carefully calibrated to appeal to Egyptians’ hunger for stability and to draw a line under the era of rapid transformation since the 2011 revolt that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

May 7, 2014
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Egypt’s presidential frontrunner Sisi says the Muslim Brotherhood is finished


(An Egyptian man on horse cart rides past a huge banner for Egypt’s former army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in downtown Cairo, May 6, 2014. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

Egyptian presidential frontrunner Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday appeared to rule out reconciliation with the Muslim Brotherhood movement, raising the specter of a prolonged conflict with a group he said was finished.

Apr 10, 2014

Egypt woman professor targets young in bid to save Brotherhood

CAIRO (Reuters) – With a spare bed always ready for friends on the run, Wafaa Hefny is not your average English literature professor.

In her spare time, the 47-year-old veiled academic is trying to save the Muslim Brotherhood, the outlawed group that Egypt’s army-backed authorities brand a “terrorist group”, by ensuring it remains committed to peaceful change and rejects violence.

Mar 26, 2014

Hero to many, Egypt’s Sisi faces formidable task

CAIRO (Reuters) – Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who announced on Wednesday he would run for president in a vote he is expected to win easily, has gained cult-like adulation since he toppled Egypt’s first freely elected leader in July.

Supporters see Sisi as a savior who can end the political turmoil dogging Egypt since a popular uprising ended Hosni Mubarak’s three decades of one-man rule in 2011.

Mar 26, 2014

Egyptian doctor faces life on the run after mass death sentences

CAIRO (Reuters) – Hossam Shabib says he has always been a respectable Egyptian doctor who served his community and stayed out of trouble. Now he is hiding abroad, convicted of taking part in the killing of a police officer.

On Monday, an Egyptian court sentenced Shabib and 528 other alleged members of the Muslim Brotherhood to death for murder and other offences, signaling a sharp escalation in a crackdown on Islamists.

Mar 19, 2014

Two army officers, teenager killed in violence in Egypt

CAIRO (Reuters) – Ten people were killed in violence across Egypt on Wednesday, months ahead of a presidential vote meant to put Egypt back on a democratic path after last July’s army takeover.

In Qalubiya province, north of Cairo, two soldiers were killed in a shootout with Islamist militants, the Interior Ministry said, adding that six militants were killed and eight arrested in a raid on a weapons storage facility.

Mar 19, 2014

Teenager, army officers killed in violence in Egypt

CAIRO (Reuters) – A 13-year-old boy was shot dead on Wednesday in southern Egypt in clashes between police and supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, a health official said.

And in Qalubiya province, north of Cairo, two Egyptian soldiers were killed in a shootout with Islamist militants, the Interior Ministry said, adding six militants were killed and eight arrested in a raid on a weapons storage facility.