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Dec 30, 2013

Egypt likely to change roadmap, hold presidential vote first-sources

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s government is likely to call a presidential election before parliamentary polls, officials said on Monday, rearranging the political timetable in a way that could see army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi elected head of state by April.

Parliamentary elections were supposed to happen first under the roadmap unveiled after the army deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July after mass protests against his rule.

Dec 30, 2013

Egypt likely to call presidential poll first: sources

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s government will likely call a presidential election ahead of parliamentary polls, two officials said on Monday, rearranging the political timetable in a way that could see army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi elected head of state by April.

Parliamentary elections were supposed to happen first under the roadmap unveiled after the army deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July.

Dec 30, 2013

Blast at Egyptian army building wounds four soldiers

CAIRO/ANSHAS (Reuters) – A bomb exploded outside an Egyptian army building north of Cairo on Sunday, wounding four soldiers, the army said, in the second bomb attack on security forces in the Nile Delta in less than a week.

The bomb partly destroyed the back wall of the military intelligence building in the village of Anshas, 100 km (60 miles) north of the capital.

Dec 29, 2013

Blast at Egyptian army building in Delta wounds four soldiers

CAIRO/ANSHAS (Reuters) – A bomb targeted an Egyptian military intelligence building north of Cairo on Sunday, wounding four soldiers, the army said, in the second bomb attack on the security forces in the Nile Delta in less than a week.

The bomb went off near an entrance to the building in the village of Anshas, 100 km (60 miles) north of the capital, partly destroying the back wall.

Dec 29, 2013

Blast at Egyptian army building wounds four soldiers in Delta

CAIRO (Reuters) – A bomb targeted an Egyptian military intelligence building north of Cairo on Sunday, wounding four soldiers, the army said, in the second bomb attack on the security forces in the Nile Delta in less than a week.

The bomb went off near an entrance to the building in the village of Anshas, 100 km (65 miles) north of Cairo in Sharkiya province. It partially destroyed the back wall of the building, the army said, describing it as a terrorist attack.

Dec 24, 2013

At least 11 killed, over 100 wounded in big blast in Egypt’s Nile Delta

CAIRO (Reuters) – At least 11 people were killed and more than 100 wounded in a massive explosion at a security compound in Egypt’s Nile Delta town of Dakahlyia on Tuesday, a month before a vote on a new constitution key to transition from military-backed rule.

Cabinet spokesman Sherief Shawki blamed the blast on the Muslim Brotherhood group of former Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, and said Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi had officially declared the group a terrorist organization.

Dec 19, 2013

Egypt court rulings pave way for Shafik return

CAIRO (Reuters) – Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister, Ahmed Shafik, will soon be free to return from self-imposed exile and perhaps to make a political comeback after Egyptian courts on Thursday acquitted him in a corruption case and shelved another.

Shafik left Egypt last year after he was defeated in the presidential election by the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Mursi.

Dec 4, 2013

Banned satirist says Egypt’s leaders do not accept criticism

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s most popular television satirist, Bassem Youssef, who was pulled off the airwaves last month after mocking the army chief, said on Wednesday the move showed the military-backed rulers were intolerant of opposing views.

Youssef rose to fame after the 2011 uprising that overthrew autocratic president Hosni Mubarak. He had criticized Islamist President Mohamed Mursi who took office after Mubarak and was ousted by the army in July after mass protests against his rule.

Dec 2, 2013

Egypt tweaks roadmap, may see presidential vote held first

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s political transition was pitched into uncertainty on Sunday when a draft constitution was amended to allow a presidential election to be held before parliamentary polls, indicating a potential change in the army’s roadmap.

The roadmap unveiled when the military ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July said a parliamentary election should take place before the presidential one.

Dec 1, 2013

Teargas flies in Cairo as constitution takes shape

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian security forces fired teargas in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to disperse anti-government protesters on Sunday, as a new constitution that reinforces the military’s political power edged closer to approval.

The draft constitution reflects how the balance of power has shifted in Egypt since secular-minded generals deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July after mass protests against him. It contains language that could ban Islamist parties outright.