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Jun 22, 2013

Hardliners call on Luxor governor to quit after Mursi defense

CAIRO (Reuters) – A hardline Islamist group called on Saturday on one of its members to resign as governor of Luxor “for the sake of Egypt” despite President Mohamed Mursi defending the appointment.

Mursi infuriated many Egyptians this week by swearing in al-Gamaa al-Islamiya’s Adel Mohamed al-Khayat as governor of the town where members of the group massacred 58 tourists at a pharaonic temple in 1997.

Jun 17, 2013

Protests to give new turn to Egypt revolution

CAIRO (Reuters) – Does Egypt face a new revolution?

Millions hope so, it seems; they have signed a national petition demanding the president resign and plan to take to the streets on June 30, when Mohamed Mursi marks a year in office.

Their slogan is a call for revolt: “Tamarud – Rebel!”

But for all the simmering discontent with the Islamist who has presided over political and economic paralysis, millions more are ready to defend Egypt’s first freely elected leader; they say those campaigning for him to quit are agents of the old regime and plan their own pro-Mursi rallies starting Friday.

May 14, 2013

Telecom Egypt aims for 3 to 4 pct growth in 2013 -CEO

CAIRO, May 14 (Reuters) – Telecom Egypt (TE)
expects three to four percent growth in revenues in 2013, at
least doubling that in the first quarter as it struggles to deal
with the decline of its fixed-line business and an economy in
crisis.

The state monopoly has been battling to raise its share of a
developing mobile phone market in the Arab world’s most populous
country, but is still waiting to launch a new operator that
would rival its existing joint venture with Vodafone and
the sector’s two other players.

May 11, 2013

Egypt says thwarts suicide attack on foreign embassy

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian security forces thwarted an al Qaeda-linked group’s plan to carry out a suicide attack on a foreign embassy and captured several militants, the interior minister said on Saturday.

Mohamed Ibrahim, speaking in a televised news conference, declined to say which embassy had been targeted. He named three suspected members of the cell now under arrest.

May 11, 2013

Egypt’s Mubarak back in court for retrial

CAIRO, May 11 (Reuters) – Former Egyptian president Hosni
Mubarak was back in court on Saturday for a retrial on charges
of complicity in the murder of protesters, reopening a case that
has shown the difficulty of transitional justice in
post-revolutionary Egypt.

Mubarak and his former interior minister, Habib el-Adli,
were convicted and sentenced to life in prison last June for
failing to stop the killing during the 2011 uprising that swept
him from power. But a court ordered a retrial in January after
accepting appeals from both the prosecution and the defence.

May 11, 2013

Egypt’s Mubarak arrives in court for retrial

CAIRO (Reuters) – Former president Hosni Mubarak was back in court on Saturday for a retrial on charges of complicity in the murder of protesters, reopening a case that has shown the difficulty of transitional justice in post-revolutionary Egypt.

Mubarak and his former interior minister, Habib el-Adli, were convicted and sentenced to life in prison last June for failing to stop the killing during the 2011 uprising that swept him from power.

May 7, 2013

Egypt’s Mursi brings more Islamists into cabinet

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi increased the influence of his Muslim Brotherhood over government in a reshuffle that replaced two ministers involved in crucial talks with the International Monetary Fund over a $4.8 billion loan.

The changes fell well short of the opposition’s demand for a complete overhaul of Prime Minister Hisham Kandil’s administration and the installation of a neutral cabinet to oversee parliamentary elections later this year.

May 5, 2013

Insight: Egypt opposition can’t harvest Brotherhood unpopularity

CAIRO (Reuters) – It’s harvest time in Egypt but the secular opposition is reaping scant benefit from the Muslim Brotherhood’s difficulties in government, two years after an Arab Spring uprising swept away President Hosni Mubarak.

Many Egyptians are looking to the army, or to more radical Salafi Muslim groups, rather than to liberal or leftist parties as Islamist President Mohamed Mursi and his cabinet struggle to revive a sick economy, restore security and build institutions.

May 5, 2013

Egypt opposition can’t harvest Brotherhood unpopularity

CAIRO, May 5 (Reuters) – It’s harvest time in Egypt but the
secular opposition is reaping scant benefit from the Muslim
Brotherhood’s difficulties in government, two years after an
Arab Spring uprising swept away President Hosni Mubarak.

Many Egyptians are looking to the army, or to more radical
Salafi Muslim groups, rather than to liberal or leftist parties
as Islamist President Mohamed Mursi and his cabinet struggle to
revive a sick economy, restore security and build institutions.

Apr 29, 2013

Leftist leader says Egypt should refuse IMF loan

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt should refuse a $4.8 billion (3 billion pounds) loan from the International Monetary Fund rather than submit to terms that would further impoverish the poor and could spark a revolution of the hungry, leftist leader Hamdeen Sabahi said on Monday.

Sabahi, 58, who came third in a presidential election last year after the 2011 uprising that toppled autocratic President Hosni Mubarak, told Reuters that neither the global lender nor Egypt’s Islamist-led government had told the public the truth about austerity conditions attached to the proposed loan.