CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptians queued to choose a new leader on Saturday in the first free presidential election in their history, facing a stark choice between a conservative Islamist and a former military officer who served ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak.
Reeling from a court order two days ago to dissolve a new parliament dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood, many question whether the wealthy generals who pushed aside their fellow officer Mubarak last year to appease the pro-democracy protests of the Arab Spring will honor a pledge to let civilians rule.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Denouncing a “coup” by Cairo’s shadowy military rulers, Egyptian liberals and Islamists said on Friday the dissolution of a first freely elected parliament has thrown the country back into turmoil 16 months the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak.
Faced with more evidence that the generals who pushed aside Mubarak to appease a popular revolt will not let an Islamist movement they oppressed for decades simply sweep to power, the Muslim Brotherhood warned of “dangerous days” ahead and some compared it to the start of Algeria’s civil war in 1992, when its army cancelled an election an Islamist party was winning.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Denouncing a “coup” by Cairo’s shadowy military rulers, Egyptian liberals and Islamists readied mass protests on Friday against the dissolution of the parliament elected after last year’s overthrow of veteran general Hosni Mubarak.
On the eve of a presidential vote that could see a Mubarak protege become head of state, the most potent force opposing the army, the Muslim Brotherhood, warned of dangerous days and some drew parallels with the start of the Algerian civil war 20 years ago, when generals scrapped an election Islamists were winning.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s parliament has for the second time approved an assembly to draft a new constitution after the first attempt was criticized for including too many Islamists.
But the list of 100 names immediately triggered similar objections from liberals and Christians, raising the prospect of fresh legal challenges to the new assembly in the courts – the latest hurdle in Egypt’s bumpy transition to democracy.
CAIRO (Reuters) – One of the two finalists in Egypt’s presidential race on Sunday accused his opponent’s party of orchestrating an attack on his campaign offices, as the contest that has divided the nation took a bitter new turn.
The run-off on June 16 and 17 is the last stage in Egypt’s first free presidential election and pits Ahmed Shafik, ousted Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister, against the Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Mursi.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s two presidential candidates intensified their media attacks against each other on Saturday, threatening to further inflame tensions in the lead-up to the vote next weekend which has been marred by violence.
The poll on June 16-17 is between Ahmed Shafik, the last prime minister of ousted former President Hosni Mubarak, and the Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Mursi.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Around 200 supporters of Hosni Mubarak began a protest on Saturday which they said would continue until the deposed Egyptian President is transferred from prison to hospital.
Security officials and media have reported a severe deterioration in the 84-year-old’s health since he was sentenced to life last week for his role in the killing of hundreds of protesters during last year’s popular uprising that toppled him.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq stepped up his attacks against his Muslim Brotherhood rival in a run-off vote, saying on Sunday the Islamist would drag Egypt into the “dark ages” and threaten the rights of women, Christians and others.
The comments from the last Prime Minister of former president Hosni Mubarack, his first public address for more than a week, reflected how divisive the race has become since the former air force commander made it through last month’s first round into a head-to-head against Mohamed Mursi.
CAIRO (Reuters) – An arson attack on the headquarters of one of the two candidates in Egypt’s presidential election has marred campaigning for the second round in a vote that has polarized the nation with the choice of an Islamist or Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister.
Protesters set fire to storage rooms and smashed computers late on Monday at the campaign headquarters of Ahmed Shafiq, a 70-year-old former air force chief and Mubarak official, who was confirmed as a run-off candidate after the first round vote.
CAIRO (Reuters) – At first glance, it was a victory. Just two months ago, the Muslim Brotherhood was not even in the race for the Egyptian presidency. Last week, its candidate made it to the run-off, according to unofficial results.
The Brotherhood did what it does better than any other group in Egypt: mobilized a nationwide network to get out the vote, catapulting Mohamed Mursi into the second round on June 16 and 17 against Ahmed Shafiq, Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister.