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Dec 1, 2013

Islamist says Egypt on precipice as constitution takes shape

CAIRO (Reuters) – A hardline Islamist leader said the army had driven Egypt to the “edge of a precipice”, as a new constitution likely to ban Islamic political parties was set to be approved on Sunday by the panel that drafted it.

The 50-member constituent assembly was due to finish voting on a draft that 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.

Nov 28, 2013

Draft Egypt constitution strengthens army as talks drag on

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s new constitution would strengthen the army’s hand and could ban Islamist parties outright, according to a draft published in state media on Thursday, though the drafting body missed a self-imposed deadline for finalizing the text.

Mohamed Salmawy, spokesman for the 50-member assembly, had said the committee would announce it had completed the draft on Thursday. But a source inside the assembly later said the committee would reconvene on Friday for more talks.

Nov 28, 2013

Egypt’s draft constitution strengthens army, to be concluded on Thursday

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s new constitution would strengthen the army’s hand and could ban Islamist parties outright, according to a final draft published in state media, and the assembly writing the text said it was poised to finish its work on Thursday.

One human rights lawyer said it reinforced the army’s status of state within a state.

Nov 27, 2013

Egypt orders arrest of two symbols of anti-Mubarak revolt

CAIRO (Reuters) – Two Egyptian pro-democracy campaigners renowned for their role in the popular uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak are to be arrested for inciting protests, a source in the prosecutor’s office said on Wednesday.

The arrest orders for Ahmed Maher, head of the April 6 youth movement, and Alaa Abdel Fattah were issued a day after they joined demonstrations outside parliament in defiance of a law passed by the army-backed government on Sunday to curb protests.

Nov 27, 2013

Egypt prosecutor orders arrest of two leading activists

CAIRO (Reuters) – An Egyptian prosecutor has ordered the arrest of two prominent activists for inciting protests, a source in the prosecutor’s office said on Wednesday, including one whose group helped lead the revolt that ousted Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

The arrests of Ahmed Maher, head of the April 6 youth movement, and activist Alaa Abdel Fattah were ordered after they took part in demonstrations outside parliament on Tuesday that defied a new law that restricts protests.

Nov 24, 2013

Egypt’s government bans protests without police approval

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s president passed a law on Sunday making it illegal to hold demonstrations without the approval of the police and banning protests in places of worship, a move rights groups condemned as a blow to political freedom.

As the law was being announced by state media, thousands of anti-government protesters were on streets in Cairo and other cities, as they have been regularly in the nearly three years since a popular uprising ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

Nov 13, 2013

Telecom Egypt hopes to win mobile licence this year

CAIRO, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Landline monopoly Telecom Egypt
is confident the government will grant it a licence to
provide mobile services by the end of the year, its chief
executive said on Wednesday.

“We see a reason to be confident that such a licence would
be issued within 2013,” CEO Mohamed el-Nawawy told Reuters after
third-quarter results were announced.

Nov 12, 2013

Egypt court rules post-Mursi state of emergency ended

CAIRO (Reuters) – An Egyptian court ruled a three-month state of emergency be lifted on Tuesday, a step that may help the army-backed government restore a semblance of normality after the military ousted President Mohamed Mursi.

But as emergency rule was ordered to end, the government edged a step closer to passing a law on demonstrations that the opposition says could be a new way to curb protests.

Nov 12, 2013

Egypt acts to end post-Mursi state of emergency

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian authorities acted to end a three-month state of emergency on Tuesday, a step that may help the army-backed government restore a semblance of normalcy after turmoil ignited by the military overthrow of president Mohamed Mursi.

But as the authorities moved to cancel the exceptional powers, the government edged a step closer to passing a law regarded by activists and human rights groups as a threat to the right to protest.

Nov 11, 2013

Egypt plans extra stimulus by year-end, Suez Canal project

CAIRO, Nov 11 (Reuters) – The Egyptian government will
launch a new economic stimulus package by the end of the year,
the finance minister said on Monday, bringing forward spending
plans that will help revive the economy but put even more strain
on state coffers.

Pointing to efforts to attract new investment, the
military-backed government also said it would launch a tender to
draw up plans to develop a corridor around the Suez Canal,
reviving a mega-project tabled by deposed president Mohamed
Mursi.