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Dec 15, 2012

Violence flares in Cairo as Egyptians vote

CAIRO, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Islamists attacked the offices of
an Egyptian opposition party newspaper on Saturday, security
sources said, as people voted on a new constitution intended to
pull the country out of a growing political crisis.

The newspaper of the Wafd party in Cairo was targeted with
petrol bombs and birdshot, the sources said, in the latest of a
series of violent incidents surrounding a divisive referendum
designed to pave the way to national elections next year.

Dec 14, 2012

Egypt faces divisive choice over political future

CAIRO, Dec 15 (Reuters) – Egyptians decide on Saturday on a
constitution promoted by its Islamist backers as the way out of
a prolonged political crisis and rejected by opponents as a
recipe for further divisions in the Arab world’s biggest nation.

Voting begins in a referendum on a divisive draft basic law
that has pitted Islamist supporters of President Mohamed Mursi
against a liberal, secular and Christian opposition in often
bloody clashes in Cairo and other cities.

Dec 14, 2012

Egyptian Islamists rally support before referendum

CAIRO, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Flag-waving supporters of Egyptian
President Mohamed Mursi staged a final rally on Friday before a
divisive referendum on a new constitution that the Islamist
leader hopes will bring an end to weeks of political crisis and
street clashes.

Cairo and other cities have seen a series of often violent
demonstrations over the past three weeks since Mursi assumed
sweeping new powers to push through the constitution, which he
sees as a vital element of Egypt’s transition to democracy after
the overthrow of autocratic predecessor Hosni Mubarak last year.

Dec 13, 2012

Beaten and bruised, protesters point at Egypt’s Brotherhood

CAIRO (Reuters) – Caught up in clashes between rival demonstrators in Cairo, Oula Shahba says she was dragged off by loyalists from the Muslim Brotherhood, beaten and accused of stirring up trouble against President Mohamed Mursi.

The Brotherhood, which propelled Mursi into office, denies forming militias that take the law into their own hands, but the main opposition coalition says the movement’s tactics show the Islamist leader is relying on Brotherhood “thugs” to defend him.

Dec 12, 2012

Insight: Egypt’s opposition still searching for a single voice

CAIRO (Reuters) – With a bust of Egypt’s former President Gamal Abdel Nasser in his office, opposition politician Hamdeen Sabahy has a knack for the kind of rousing rhetoric his nationalist hero employed to inspire the public.

The one-time student leader who founded the Popular Current, a movement that has started to gain influence across the country of 83 million, may be one of the biggest winners from a crisis that has engulfed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi after he expanded his powers and sparked nationwide protests.

Dec 12, 2012

Egypt’s opposition still searching for a single voice

CAIRO, Dec 12 (Reuters) – With a bust of Egypt’s former
President Gamal Abdel Nasser in his office, opposition
politician Hamdeen Sabahy has a knack for the kind of rousing
rhetoric his nationalist hero employed to inspire the public.

The one-time student leader who founded the Popular Current,
a movement that has started to gain influence across the country
of 83 million, may be one of the biggest winners from a crisis
that has engulfed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi after he
expanded his powers and sparked nationwide protests.

Dec 12, 2012

Egyptians abroad vote, army to host “unity” talks

CAIRO, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Egyptians abroad began voting on
Wednesday in a referendum on the new constitution that President
Mohamed Mursi fast-tracked through an Islamist-dominated
drafting assembly, in a setback for the opposition who had hoped
to delay the process.

The official state news agency reported voting had started at
Egyptian embassies abroad, the same day as the army scheduled
talks between rival factions aiming to restore national unity.

Dec 11, 2012

Egyptian army to host unity talks as crisis deepens

CAIRO, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Egypt’s army chief will host
national unity talks on Wednesday, seeking to end a growing
political and economic crisis in the Arab world’s most populous
nation.

The meeting scheduled for 1430 GMT was called in response to
a wave of protests since President Mohamed Mursi awarded himself
sweeping powers on Nov. 22 to push through a new constitution
shaped by his Islamist allies, which is due to go to a
referendum on Saturday.

Dec 11, 2012

Egypt army seeks national unity as crisis mounts

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s army chief called for talks on national unity to end the country’s mounting political crisis after a vital loan from the IMF was delayed and thousands of pro- and anti-government demonstrators took to the streets.

The meeting scheduled for Wednesday afternoon was called in response to an increasingly destabilising series of protests that has unfolded since President Mohamed Mursi awarded himself sweeping powers on November 22 to push through a new constitution shaped by his Islamist allies in a referendum on Saturday.

Dec 11, 2012

Nine hurt as gunmen fire at Cairo protesters

CAIRO (Reuters) – Nine people were hurt when gunmen fired at protesters camping in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Tuesday, according to witnesses and Egyptian media, as opponents and supporters of President Mohamed Mursi’s plans for a referendum on a new constitution geared up for a day of street demonstrations.

Police cars surrounded the square, the first time they had appeared in the area since November 23, shortly after a decree by the Islamist president awarding himself sweeping temporary powers that touched off widespread protests.