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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.

Feb 26, 2013

Mursi’s opponents say will boycott Egypt elections

CAIRO (Reuters) – An alliance of Egyptian opposition parties decided on Tuesday to boycott parliamentary elections in protest at an election law they say favors the Muslim Brotherhood, increasing the chance that Islamists will sweep the vote.

The boycott by liberal and leftist parties opposed to President Mohamed Mursi aims to undermine the legitimacy of the vote and shows the polarization that has defined Egyptian politics since Hosni Mubarak was toppled two years ago.

Feb 26, 2013

Mursi’s opponents decide to boycott Egyptian elections

CAIRO (Reuters) – An alliance of Egyptian opposition parties decided on Tuesday to boycott forthcoming parliamentary elections in protest at an election law that they say favours the Muslim Brotherhood, increasing the chance that Islamists will sweep the vote.

The boycott by liberal and leftist parties opposed to President Mohamed Mursi seeks to undermine the legitimacy of the vote, pointing to the polarisation that has defined Egyptian politics since Hosni Mubarak was toppled two years ago.

Feb 26, 2013

Mursi’s opponents to boycott Egypt vote

CAIRO (Reuters) – An alliance of Egyptian opposition parties said on Tuesday they would boycott forthcoming parliamentary elections in protest at an election law that they say favours the Muslim Brotherhood, increasing the chance that Islamists will sweep the vote.

The boycott by liberal and leftist parties opposed to President Mohamed Mursi raises the prospect of a parliamentary election fought out mostly between his Muslim Brotherhood and more hardline Islamist groups such as the Salafi Nour Party.

Feb 26, 2013

Leading Egyptian leftist party to boycott elections

CAIRO (Reuters) – A leading Egyptian leftist party said on Tuesday it would boycott a parliamentary election, joining other groups that have said they will not take part because the vote has been skewed against them by an Islamist-drafted election law.

With Islamist parties including the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party planning nationwide campaigns, boycotts by liberals and leftists will enhance the chances of the Islamists securing a commanding say in the new parliament.

Feb 25, 2013

Egypt to reopen IMF loan talks next month as crisis bites

CAIRO, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Egypt will reopen talks with the
IMF next month on a $4.8 billion loan, a minister said on
Monday, and the government laid out plans to reverse a slide in
currency reserves and tackle the dire state of public finances.

A revised government economic reform programme, essential
for securing a lifeline from the International Monetary Fund,
called for a levy on stock market transactions and a flat 25
percent tax rate for Egyptian companies, many of which are
struggling for survival in a national economic crisis.