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Sep 9, 2013

Mubarak’s last PM backs army’s Sisi for Egyptian president

CAIRO (Reuters) – Former Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq says he will back army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for president, adding to speculation that the man who led the overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi could become head of state.

Shafiq, a former air force commander who came second in last year’s presidential election, said he would not run if Sisi stood in the election expected next year.

Aug 21, 2013

Divided Egypt prepares to release Mubarak from jail

CAIRO (Reuters) – Deposed Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak could leave prison on Thursday after a court ruling that further divided a country in turmoil since the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi seven weeks ago.

Convening at the Cairo jail where Mubarak is held, the court ordered the release of the military man who ruled Egypt for 30 years with an iron fist until he was overthrown during the uprisings that swept the Arab world in early 2011.

Aug 20, 2013
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Egyptian crackdown weakens Muslim Brotherhood, but may not crush it

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(A supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi shouts slogans against the military and interior ministry whilst gesturing and holding a copy of the Koran during a protest in front of Al Istkama mosque at Giza Square, south of Cairo, August 18, 2013. The four-fingered gesture, meaning “Rabaa” or “Fourth” in Arabic, is in reference to the police clearing of the Rabaa Adawiya protest camp on August 14. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

Until Monday night, Farid Ismail was one of the few Muslim Brotherhood leaders who still answered his phone, even when many of his associates had been arrested or gone underground.

Aug 20, 2013

Analysis: Egypt crackdown may not crush Brotherhood

CAIRO (Reuters) – Until Monday night, Farid Ismail was one of the few Muslim Brotherhood leaders who still answered his phone, even when many of his associates had been arrested or gone underground.

By Tuesday morning Ismail was nowhere to be found after the authorities seized the group’s chief, Mohamed Badie, overnight.

Aug 20, 2013

Egypt crackdown weakens Brotherhood, but may not crush it

CAIRO (Reuters) – Until Monday night, Farid Ismail was one of the few Muslim Brotherhood leaders who still answered his phone, even when many of his associates had been arrested or gone underground.

By Tuesday morning Ismail was nowhere to be found after the authorities seized the group’s chief, Mohamed Badie, overnight.

Aug 18, 2013

Crackdown on Brotherhood makes Cairo a ghost town after dark

CAIRO (Reuters) – When night falls in Cairo, a security crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood quickly turns the Arab world’s most vibrant city into a ghost town run mostly by vigilantes eager to hunt down members of the Islamist group.

The sound of boats blaring music on the Nile and hawkers selling fruit juice and nuts fades as a dusk-to-dawn curfew takes hold after the bloodiest week in Cairo’s modern history.

Aug 15, 2013

Egypt’s Brotherhood loses grip as anger boils

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and its allies suffered a heavy blow from the state security crackdown, their central coordination has been lost and the bloodshed means anger is now “beyond control,” the group said on Thursday.

The comments by spokesman Gehad El-Haddad pointed to the depth of the crisis facing the movement that just six weeks ago controlled the presidency but is now struggling to keep a grip over its base with hundreds killed by the police in 24 hours.

Aug 15, 2013

Egypt’s Brotherhood struggles to keep grip as anger boils

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and its allies suffered a heavy blow from the state security crackdown, their central coordination has been lost and the bloodshed means anger is now “beyond control,” the group said on Thursday.

The comments by spokesman Gehad El-Haddad pointed to the depth of the crisis facing the movement that just six weeks ago controlled the presidency but is now struggling to keep a grip over its base with hundreds killed by the police in 24 hours.

Aug 15, 2013

Islamists call Cairo protest march as Egypt death toll mounts

CAIRO, Aug 15 (Reuters) – Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood called
on followers to march in protest in Cairo on Thursday, after at
least 525 people were killed in a security crackdown on the
Islamist movement that has left the most populous Arab nation
polarised and in turmoil.

A Reuters witness counted 228 bodies, most of them wrapped
in white shrouds, arranged in rows on the floor of the Imam
mosque in northeast Cairo, close to the worst of Wednesday’s
violence between police and demonstrators.

Aug 15, 2013

Brotherhood says it will bring down Egypt’s ‘military coup’ peacefully

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood said on Thursday it would bring down the “military coup” but stressed it remained committed to a peaceful struggle, despite the heavy loss of life when government forces broke up its protest camps.

The crackdown on Wednesday defied Western appeals for restraint and a peaceful, negotiated settlement to Egypt’s political crisis following the military’s removal of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi last month, prompting international statements of dismay and condemnation.