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Jul 11, 2013

Infighting threatens Egypt transition plan, army orders arrests

CAIRO (Reuters) – Political infighting threatened to stall Egypt’s transition plans on Thursday, as the military cracked down on Muslim Brotherhood leaders it blames for inciting a clash in Cairo in which troops shot and killed 53 protesters.

Monday’s violence between supporters of ousted President Mohamed Mursi, Egypt’s first freely elected leader toppled by the army last week, and soldiers at a military compound has opened deep fissures in the Arab world’s most populous country.

Jul 10, 2013

Egypt showered with Gulf billions in show of support for army

CAIRO (Reuters) – Gulf states showered Cairo with $8 billion in aid on Tuesday, showing their support for the Egyptian army’s move to push the Muslim Brotherhood from power, a day after troops killed dozens of the movement’s supporters.

Military-backed interim head of state Adli Mansour named a liberal economist as acting prime minister and announced a faster-than-expected timetable for elections in six months.

Jul 9, 2013

Lights going out on Egypt’s Ramadan joy

CAIRO (Reuters) – The start of Ramadan is a time of joy for Muslims, launching a month of night feasts and parties. But in Cairo this week, Ali Mohamed isn’t stringing up his multicolored lanterns in the street, instead he is taking them down.

He’s in no mood to celebrate as Egypt veers into bloodshed and anxiety following the military overthrow of elected President Mohamed Mursi last week.

Jul 9, 2013

Egypt seeks end to crisis with quick elections

CAIRO, July 9 (Reuters) – Egypt’s interim rulers issued a
faster than expected timetable for elections to drag the country
out of crisis, a day after 51 people were killed when troops
fired on a crowd supporting ousted President Mohamed Mursi.

The streets of Cairo were quiet on Tuesday morning but
Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood movement called for more protests
later in the day, raising the risk of further violence.

Jul 9, 2013

Egypt seeks quick elections, in shock at more bloodshed

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s interim head of state has set a speedy timetable for elections to drag the Arab world’s biggest country from crisis, after the military ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi last week sparked a wave of bloody protests.

A decree issued by Adli Mansour pointed to a parliamentary ballot within about six months with a presidential vote to follow. However, it was faulted for repeating flaws in the 2011 transition plan that contributed to the current crisis.

Jul 8, 2013

The Egyptian rebel who “owns” Tahrir Square

CAIRO (Reuters) – Mahmoud Badr “owns” the Egyptian street.

The 28-year-old activist in sneakers, jeans and a worn-out polo shirt invented the magic formula that drew millions of Egyptians out to demand the overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi. Now he is determined to ensure all their demands are met.

On the day the army stepped in to remove Mursi last week, Badr and his two twenty-something co-founders of the “Tamarud – Rebel!” movement got a phone call from a general staff colonel, inviting them to meet the armed forces commander-in-chief.

Jul 7, 2013

Egypt PM dispute stalls government, Islamists call more protests

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s political transition after President Mohamed Mursi was ousted by the military stumbled at the first hurdle, after the choice of liberal politician Mohamed ElBaradei as interim prime minister was thrown into doubt by Islamist objections.

ElBaradei’s nomination had been confirmed by several sources and state media on Saturday, but just before midnight a presidential spokesman told reporters that the prime minister had not in fact been chosen.

Jul 6, 2013

Islamists reject Egypt’s choice of PM, call for more protests

CAIRO (Reuters) – Liberal politician Mohamed ElBaradei was chosen as Egypt’s interim Prime Minister on Saturday as the transitional administration fought to restore calm after at least 35 people were killed in Islamist protests that swept the country.

ElBaradei, a 71-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner and former U.N. nuclear agency chief, had been favorite to head the temporary leadership installed by the military after it ousted elected President Mohamed Mursi on Wednesday.

Jul 5, 2013

Egypt left leader backs military role, sees short transition

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s leading left-wing politician endorsed military intervention to oust elected Islamist President Mohamed Mursi and said he expected a short transition to a new democratic president and parliament.

Hamdeen Sabahi, leader of the Popular Current movement, who came third in last year’s presidential election, said the army had implemented the will of the people and was not seeking power for itself.

Jul 5, 2013

Special Report: Mursi’s downfall

CAIRO (Reuters) – For Egypt’s military chiefs, the final spur to rebellion came on June 26. That day top generals met Mohamed Mursi, the country’s first democratically elected president, and spoke bluntly, telling the Islamist leader what he should say in a major speech he planned as protests against him intensified around the country.

“We told him it has to be short, respond to opposition demands to form a coalition government, amend the constitution and set a timeframe for the two actions,” an officer present in the room told Reuters. “Yet he came out with a very long speech that said nothing. That is when we knew he had no intention of fixing the situation, and we had to prepare for Plan B.”