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Jul 16, 2014

Egyptian court sentences five men to life for sexual harassment

CAIRO (Reuters) – An Egyptian court sentenced five men to life imprisonment on Wednesday for sexually harassing and attacking women during celebrations in June after President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s election.

The verdict may ease concerns that Egyptian authorities have done little to tackle widespread sexual harassment.

Jul 5, 2014

Egypt’s prime minister seeks to justify fuel subsidy cuts

CAIRO, July 5 (Reuters) – Egypt’s prime minister has sought
to justify politically sensitive subsidy cuts on fuel and
natural gas which took effect on Saturday, saying they were a
necessary part of fixing an economy hammered by three years of
turmoil.

Egypt had overnight on Friday slashed its subsidies for car
fuel and natural gas, increasing their prices by more than 70
percent.

Jun 22, 2014

Egypt upholds death sentence on Brotherhood leader, nearly 200 supporters

CAIRO (Reuters) – An Egyptian court confirmed death sentences on Saturday against the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and 182 supporters, in a mass trial of Islamists who ruled Egypt for a year but face a fierce crackdown under the new president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Mohamed Badie and other defendants were charged in connection with violence that erupted in the southern town of Minya following the ousting of the Brotherhood’s President Mohamed Mursi last July, led by then army chief Sisi.

Jun 21, 2014

Egypt investment minister projects $10 bln foreign investment next year

CAIRO, June 22 (Reuters) – Egypt’s newly appointed
investment minister Ashraf Salman said he targets $10 billion in
foreign direct investment (FDI) for the coming fiscal year and
$14 billion in three years.

Egypt had been hit by an economic crisis following a 2011
uprising that ousted autocratic Hosni Mubarak. Since then, the
state’s successive governments have been trying to steer a
course between boosting revenues without discouraging investors.

Jun 21, 2014

Egyptian court confirms death sentences against Brotherhood leader, nearly 200 supporters

CAIRO (Reuters) – An Egyptian court confirmed on Saturday death sentences against the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and 182 supporters, a strong sign that the crackdown on the group will continue under new President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Mohamed Badie and other defendants were charged over violence that erupted in the southern Egyptian town of Minya following the ouster, led by former army chief Sisi, of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, a senior Brotherhood member, last July.

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”.