CAIRO (Reuters) – An Egyptian court on Tuesday banned all activities of Hamas in Egypt in a further sign that Cairo’s military-backed government aims to squeeze the Palestinian Islamist group that rules neighboring Gaza, regarding it as a security threat.
Hamas is an offshoot of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, which has been declared a terrorist group by the authorities and subjected to systematic repression since the army ousted one of its leaders, Mohamed Mursi, from the presidency last July.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will keep his post as defense minister in a new government, an official source said on Wednesday, quashing speculation he was about to announce a widely expected bid for the presidency.
Sisi is tipped to win the upcoming presidential election but has yet to announce his candidacy. He must vacate the post of defense minister in order to run. The source said he would likely keep that job until an election law is finalized.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s government has resigned, the prime minister said on Monday, paving the way for army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to declare his candidacy for president of a strategic U.S. ally gripped by political strife.
“(The government) made every effort to get Egypt out of the narrow tunnel in terms of security, economic pressures and political confusion,” Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi said in a live nationwide speech.
CAIRO (Reuters) – A shake-up of Egypt’s food import and storage authorities has seen an official from its main food buying agency referred to prosecutors over suspected corruption on local rice deals, while the head of its silos and storage holding company was fired.
Egypt is the world’s biggest wheat importer, normally buying some 10 million tons a year and while the suspected corruption is focused on rice, the moves come just days after two senior officials from the General Authority for Supply Commodities (GASC) were transferred from their posts.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Their campaign against Islamist President Mohamed Mursi helped the army topple Egypt’s first freely elected leader, but some leaders of the Tamarud movement have broken away, saying the military threatens democracy.
The split in Tamarud (Rebellion) is a sign of growing public anger against the army-backed government installed after Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi deposed Mursi in July, following a Tamarud-organized petition and mass protests against him.
CAIRO (Reuters) – The bombing of a tourist bus in Egypt by suspected Muslim militants marks a strategic shift to soft targets that could devastate an economy already reeling from political turmoil.
The assailants, who killed two South Koreans and an Egyptian on Sunday, chose their area of operation shrewdly – a poorly guarded buffer zone in the south Sinai between Egypt and Israel.
CAIRO (Reuters) – A bomb on a tourist bus in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula killed at least two Koreans and the Egyptian driver on Sunday, army and security sources said, an apparent turning point in an Islamist insurgency that has gained pace since an army takeover in July.
The Interior Ministry said the bus was travelling from St. Catherine’s Monastery, a popular tourist destination in the south Sinai, to nearby Israel when it was attacked.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptians will rise up against military rule because of widespread human rights abuses and economic hardships, former presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Abol Fotouh said on Tuesday.
Egypt’s political transition and its economy have stumbled since the 2011 uprising that ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak.
CAIRO (Reuters) – A moderate Islamist who came fourth in Egypt’s 2012 presidential election won by the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Mursi, accused the army-backed authorities on Sunday of creating a “republic of fear”.
Abdel Moneim Abol Fotouh, 62, one of the few Islamists left in public life after a crackdown on the Brotherhood and its Islamist allies after Mursi was ousted by the army, said Egypt was not on a path to democracy as the government says.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s military council has given the army chief, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a green light to run for president, a security source told Reuters.
Sisi deposed elected Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July after mass unrest against his increasingly arbitrary rule, triggering political upheaval and further street violence in the Arab world’s most populous nation.