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Feb 7, 2011

Q&A: Who’s taking the lead in Egypt’s crisis?

CAIRO (Reuters) – Protesters who have paralyzed Egypt and pushed the government into making concessions unimaginable two weeks ago, are still far from achieving their core demand that President Hosni Mubarak end his 30-year rule now.

Instead, the government seems to have regained the upper hand, at least for now, in controlling the pace of change and drawing the opposition under its umbrella for discussions.

Feb 7, 2011
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Tide turns in favour of Egypt’s Brotherhood in revolt

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(Essam El-Erian, spokesperson for the Muslim Brotherhood, at a news conference in Cairo February 6, 2011/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany)

The first time Essam el-Erian went to jail, he was 27. Last Sunday, he left prison for the eighth time at the age of 57. The medical doctor’s crime for each incarceration was belonging to the Muslim Botherhood, Egypt’s most influential and best-organised Islamist opposition movement and long feared by President Hosni Mubarak, Israel and the United States.

Feb 7, 2011

Feature – Tide turns in favour of Egypt’s Brotherhood

CAIRO (Reuters) – The first time Essam el-Erian, went to jail, he was 27. Last Sunday, he left prison for the eighth time at the age of 57.

The medical doctor’s crime for each incarceration was belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s most influential and best-organised Islamist opposition movement and long feared by President Hosni Mubarak, Israel and the United States.

Feb 7, 2011

Tide turns in favour of Egypt’s Brotherhood

CAIRO, Feb 6 (Reuters) – The first time Essam el-Erian, went
to jail, he was 27. Last Sunday, he left prison for the eighth
time at the age of 57.

The medical doctor’s crime for each incarceration was
belonging to the Muslim Botherhood, Egypt’s most influential and
best-organised Islamist opposition movement and long feared by
President Hosni Mubarak, Israel and the United States.

Feb 5, 2011

Egypt can deal with crisis, growth hit: Central Bank

CAIRO (Reuters) – The central bank said on Saturday that growth which had been forecast at 6 percent would be hit by Egypt’s political crisis and outflows could hit $8 billion in two weeks but Egypt had reserves and experience to deal with it.

Speaking on the evening before banks open on Sunday after being closed for a week due to anti-government protests, Governor Farouk el-Okdah said Egypt’s reserves were adequate at $36 billion, the figure at the end of December.

Feb 5, 2011

Egypt can deal with crisis, growth hit-C.Bank

CAIRO, Feb 5 (Reuters) – The central bank said on Saturday
that growth which had been forecast at 6 percent would be hit by
Egypt’s political crisis and outflows could hit $8 billion in
two weeks but Egypt had reserves and experience to deal with it.

Speaking on the evening before banks open on Sunday after
being closed for a week due to anti-government protests,
Governor Farouk el-Okdah said Egypt’s reserves were adequate at
$36 billion, the figure at the end of December.

Feb 5, 2011

Opposition divided over Egypt’s power shift plan

CAIRO (Reuters) – Opposition groups demanding the overthrow of Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak have yet to agree on a common position ahead of negotiations with Vice President Omar Suleiman to pull Egypt out of its worst crisis in 30 years, opposition figures said on Saturday.

Suleiman was scheduled to meet prominent independent opposition figures on Saturday to go through the options, which center on how to ensure free and fair presidential elections while sticking to the constitution.

Feb 3, 2011

Cairo attack shows fear of change if Mubarak goes

CAIRO (Reuters) – A cavalry charge in downtown Cairo, when men wielding whips and iron bars burst into Tahrir Square on camels and horseback to lash out at unarmed demonstrators, shocked millions watching on live television around the world.

For many Egyptians, though, it was only another chilling reminder of an ugly brutality they have faced for 30 years under President Hosni Mubarak, whenever ordinary folk have tried to speak up for themselves against the interests of the powerful.

Feb 3, 2011

Analysis: Cairo attack shows fear of change if Mubarak goes

CAIRO (Reuters) – A cavalry charge in downtown Cairo, when men wielding whips and iron bars burst into Tahrir Square on camels and horseback to lash out at unarmed demonstrators, shocked millions watching on live television around the world.

For many Egyptians, though, it was only another chilling reminder of an ugly brutality they have faced for 30 years under President Hosni Mubarak, whenever ordinary folk have tried to speak up for themselves against the interests of the powerful.

Feb 3, 2011

Five killed as Egypt protesters come under fire

CAIRO (Reuters) – Supporters of President Hosni Mubarak opened fire on protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Thursday, killing at least five, in a fresh spike in violence over an unprecedented challenge to his 30-year-old rule.

In the overnight fighting, machine-gun fire echoed for more than an hour across the central square where protesters — unsatisfied by Mubarak’s pledge to step down in September — have vowed to stay until the 82-year-old president quits.