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Jun 17, 2014

Egypt’s Sisi cracks the whip on new government

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ordered a military-style regime of early morning starts for ministers on Tuesday as he swore in a new government that hopes to revive an economy plagued by sluggish growth and recent political turmoil.

After summoning Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb’s cabinet to the presidential palace to take the oath of office at 7 a.m., the former army chief promptly made clear that ministers should get used to the new timetable.

Jun 17, 2014

Egypt swears in new government to tackle economic woes

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb was sworn in on Tuesday at the head of a new government that retained key economic and security ministers but created a new investment post to attract funds to an economy racked by years of political turmoil.

Mehleb, followed by his ministers, took the oath of office in front of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former army chief who re-appointed him after Sisi won a landslide election victory in May.

Jun 10, 2014

Egypt’s Sisi tells Interior Minister to fight sexual harassment

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has ordered the interior minister to fight sexual harassment following the arrest of seven men for attacking women near Cairo’s Tahrir Square during his inauguration celebrations, his office said on Tuesday.

Egypt issued a new law last week which punishes sexual harassment with at least six months in jail or fines of at least 3,000 Egyptian pounds ($420). Judicial sources said the arrests were made under the new law.

Jun 10, 2014

Egypt’s ultraconservative Islamists back Sisi, seek to eclipse Brotherhood

ABU HOMOS Egypt (Reuters) – Egypt’s ultra-conservative Islamist Al Nour party is voicing interest in joining President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s new government as part of a strategy to replace the banned Moslem Brotherhood as the country’s most influential Islamist movement.

Al Nour chief Younes Makhyoun, who enjoys strong support in Egypt’s poor cities and slum areas where Sisi’s liberal-leaning allies are weak, said in an interview with Reuters his party’s strategy would be to “help Sisi in his rule”. He backed the former general when the army toppled the Brotherhood last year.

Jun 8, 2014

Egypt’s Sisi takes office to cool reception from West

CAIRO (Reuters) – Abdel Fattah al-Sisi promised to rule Egypt in an inclusive manner after he was sworn in as president on Sunday but gave no indication he would reconcile with the Muslim Brotherhood movement he removed from power nearly a year ago.

In an inauguration ceremony with low-key attendance by Western allies concerned by a crackdown on dissent, the former army chief called for hard work and the development of freedom “in a responsible framework away from chaos”.

Jun 3, 2014

Sisi won 96.91 percent in Egypt’s presidential election -commission

CAIRO (Reuters) – Former Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi won 96.91 percent in a presidential vote last week, the election commission said on Tuesday, confirming interim results that had given him a landslide victory.

But turnout was only about 47 percent of Egypt’s 54 million voters, the commission said – less than the 40 million votes, or 80 percent of the electorate, that Sisi had called for.

Jun 2, 2014

Top Egyptian TV comic says show pulled off air

CAIRO, June 2 (Reuters) – Egypt’s top TV satirist said on
Monday his show had been cancelled, amid speculation it was
because his latest script poked fun at a presidential election
won by the former army chief.

Bassem Youssef, known as the “Egyptian Jon Stewart”, told a
news conference the Saudi-owned MBC Masr TV station had been put
under more pressure “than it could handle”.

May 29, 2014

Egypt’s Sisi sweeps to victory in presidential vote

CAIRO (Reuters) – Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the general who toppled Egypt’s first freely elected leader, swept to victory in a presidential election, provisional results showed on Thursday, joining a long line of leaders drawn from the military.

But a lower than expected turnout figure raised questions about Sisi’s credibility after his supporters had idolized him as a hero who can deliver political and economic stability.

May 28, 2014

Egypt’s Sisi heads for big win in early provisional count

CAIRO (Reuters) – Former Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was on course for a sweeping victory in the country’s presidential election on Wednesday, according to early provisional results.

Sisi’s campaign said their man had captured 93.4 percent with 2,000 polling stations counted, while judicial sources said he had 89 percent with 3,000 polling stations counted.

May 28, 2014

Lower Egypt voter turnout threatens Sisi mandate

CAIRO (Reuters) – Former Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was on course for a sweeping victory in the country’s presidential election on Wednesday, according to early provisional results.

Sisi’s campaign said their man had captured 93.4 percent with 2,000 polling stations counted, while judicial sources said he had 89 percent with 3,000 polling stations counted.