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Mar 8, 2013

Analysis: Egypt’s opposition scents chance in election debacle

CAIRO (Reuters) – To Egypt’s opposition, a court ruling throwing the electoral process into limbo offers an opportunity to force Islamist President Mohamed Mursi into compromise as the country heads towards chaos.

Leaders of liberal and leftist parties believe the delay to parliamentary elections is a chance to extract concessions on major constitutional issues from Mursi – and possibly to back out of an opposition boycott that may backfire.

Mar 7, 2013

Egypt cancels parliamentary vote dates after court ruling

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s election committee has scrapped a timetable under which voting for the lower house of parliament should have begun next month, state media reported on Thursday, following a court ruling that threw the entire polling process into confusion.

Egypt now lies in electoral limbo, with no election dates at a time when uncertainty is taking a heavy toll on the economy – the Egyptian pound is falling, foreign currency reserves are sliding and the budget deficit is soaring to an unmanageable level.

Mar 6, 2013

Egypt court throws election timetable up in the air

CAIRO (Reuters) – An Egyptian court threw the timetable for parliamentary elections into confusion on Wednesday, ordering the cancellation of President Mohamed Mursi’s decree calling the vote and forcing a likely delay to polls due to start in April.

The Administrative Court’s ruling deepened Egypt’s political uncertainty at a time of social unrest and economic crisis, with the nation’s foreign currency reserves at critically low levels and the budget deficit soaring.

Mar 6, 2013

Arab League clears member states to arm Syria rebels

CAIRO (Reuters) – Arab League ministers decided on Wednesday to let member nations arm Syrian rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad, and invited an opposition coalition to take the League seat formerly occupied by Damascus.

Previously the League had stressed that the Syrian political opposition and rebels should be supported by humanitarian and diplomatic means during the civil war, which has cost an estimated 70,000 lives.

Mar 6, 2013

Egypt court throws election timetable into disarray

CAIRO (Reuters) – An Egyptian court threw the timetable for parliamentary elections into confusion on Wednesday, ordering the cancellation of President Mohamed Mursi’s decree calling the vote and forcing a likely delay to polls due to start in April.

The Administrative Court’s ruling deepened Egypt’s political uncertainty at a time of social unrest and economic crisis, with the nation’s foreign currency reserves at critically low levels and the budget deficit soaring.

Mar 6, 2013

Egypt court throws elections timetable into confusion

CAIRO (Reuters) – An Egyptian court threw the timetable for parliamentary elections due to start in April into confusion on Wednesday, ordering the cancellation of President Mohamed Mursi’s decree calling the vote.

The Administrative Court referred Egypt’s amended electoral law, under which the controversial lower house polls are due to be held, to the Supreme Constitutional Court for review.

Mar 6, 2013

Arab League discusses giving Syria’s seat to opposition

CAIRO (Reuters) – Arab League ministers debated on Wednesday whether to award Syria’s vacant seat in the regional bloc to the opposition Syrian National Coalition, diplomats said.

They said ministers meeting in Cairo were divided on whether to let the opponents of President Bashar al-Assad take over Syria’s seat, previously held by the Damascus government.

Mar 5, 2013
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Egyptian book blasts Muslim Brotherhood and becomes a best-seller

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(A protester, who opposes Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, holds up his hands, which are chained together, to symbolise the lack of freedom, as protesters chant slogans during a demonstration against Mursi and members of the Muslim Brotherhood at Tahrir Square in Cairo February 22, 2013. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih )

An Egyptian lawyer whose dissenting voice got him thrown out of the Muslim Brotherhood examines what he calls the group’s hidden radicalism in a book that has become a best-seller in Cairo.

Mar 5, 2013

Egypt book blasts Brotherhood, becomes best-seller

CAIRO, March 5 (Reuters) – An Egyptian lawyer whose
dissenting voice got him thrown out of the Muslim Brotherhood
examines what he calls the group’s hidden radicalism in a book
that has become a best-seller in Cairo.

Tharwat al-Khirbawy’s “Secret of the Temple” has been
dismissed by Brotherhood leaders as part of a smear campaign.

Mar 3, 2013

Retrial of Egypt’s Mubarak and sons set for April 13

CAIRO (Reuters) – The retrial of ousted leader Hosni Mubarak, his sons and top aides will begin next month, an Egyptian court said on Sunday, ordering the politically-fraught hearings over the killing of protesters to start just nine days before elections.

Mubarak, the first Arab ruler to be tried by his people after the uprisings that swept the Middle East and North Africa, was jailed for life for ordering the killing of demonstrators, but granted a retrial by a Cairo court in January.