CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s generals have set political rules that could keep the army in power for years, one of their senior Islamist opponents warned on Wednesday, but the Muslim Brotherhood will not fight back in the way that plunged Algeria into bloody civil war.
Saad al-Katatni, speaker of the short-lived democratic parliament dissolved by the ruling military council last week, told Reuters that the opponents of army rule in Egypt had no weapons and only “legal and popular” means at their disposal.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Hosni Mubarak’s move out of jail to a Cairo military hospital where officials said he was slipping in and out of a coma on Wednesday has created a fresh sense of uncertainty for Egyptians as the wait for results of a presidential election drags on.
Exactly what ails the 84-year-old, who ruled for 30 years till last year, is unclear but two security sources and one of his defense lawyers described his condition as “almost stable” or “on the way to stability” in an intensive care suite, with doctors occasionally using a ventilator to help him breathe.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood declared on Monday that its candidate Mohamed Morsy won the country’s first free presidential race, beating Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister and ending six decades of rule by presidents plucked from the military.
But shortly before the final result the generals who have run the country since the overthrow of Mubarak issued new rules that made clear real power remains with the army.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s Islamists claimed a narrow early on Monday in vote-counting for the presidential election but the generals who have run the country since the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak issued new rules that made clear real power remains with the army.
A decree from the ruling military council, published as the count got under way on Sunday, spelled out only limited powers for the new head of state and reclaimed for itself the lawmaking prerogatives held by the Islamist-led parliament which the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) dissolved last week.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptians voted on Saturday in the first free presidential election in their history to make what many find an unpalatable choice between a military man who served deposed autocrat Hosni Mubarak and an Islamist who says he is running for God.
Reeling from a court order two days ago to dissolve a new parliament dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood, many question whether generals who pushed aside fellow officer Mubarak last year to appease the pro-democracy protests of the Arab Spring will honour a vow to relinquish power by July 1 to whoever wins.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptians queued to choose a new leader on Saturday in the first free presidential election in their history, facing a stark choice between a conservative Islamist and a former military officer who served ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak.
Reeling from a court order two days ago to dissolve a new parliament dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood, many question whether the wealthy generals who pushed aside their fellow officer Mubarak last year to appease the pro-democracy protests of the Arab Spring will honor a pledge to let civilians rule.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Denouncing a “coup” by Cairo’s shadowy military rulers, Egyptian liberals and Islamists said on Friday the dissolution of a first freely elected parliament has thrown the country back into turmoil 16 months the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak.
Faced with more evidence that the generals who pushed aside Mubarak to appease a popular revolt will not let an Islamist movement they oppressed for decades simply sweep to power, the Muslim Brotherhood warned of “dangerous days” ahead and some compared it to the start of Algeria’s civil war in 1992, when its army cancelled an election an Islamist party was winning.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Denouncing a “coup” by Cairo’s shadowy military rulers, Egyptian liberals and Islamists readied mass protests on Friday against the dissolution of the parliament elected after last year’s overthrow of veteran general Hosni Mubarak.
On the eve of a presidential vote that could see a Mubarak protege become head of state, the most potent force opposing the army, the Muslim Brotherhood, warned of dangerous days and some drew parallels with the start of the Algerian civil war 20 years ago, when generals scrapped an election Islamists were winning.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s parliament has for the second time approved an assembly to draft a new constitution after the first attempt was criticized for including too many Islamists.
But the list of 100 names immediately triggered similar objections from liberals and Christians, raising the prospect of fresh legal challenges to the new assembly in the courts – the latest hurdle in Egypt’s bumpy transition to democracy.
CAIRO (Reuters) – One of the two finalists in Egypt’s presidential race on Sunday accused his opponent’s party of orchestrating an attack on his campaign offices, as the contest that has divided the nation took a bitter new turn.
The run-off on June 16 and 17 is the last stage in Egypt’s first free presidential election and pits Ahmed Shafik, ousted Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister, against the Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Mursi.