Mubarak wants Egyptians to rally round Morsi: lawyer

CAIRO, March 11, 2013 (AFP) Toppled president Hosni Mubarak, awaiting trial over his role in the deaths of protesters, believes Egyptians should rally around his Islamist successor and end violent protests, his lawyer told  AFP on Monday. President Mohamed Morsi, twice jailed by Mubarak before he himself was  overthrown on February 11, 2011, is the "elected president, people should  rally around him," the f ...

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Egypt ex-presidential candidate party to contest polls

CAIRO, March 5, 2013 (AFP) Former presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh said Tuesday his party will contest Egypt's next parliamentary elections, boycotted by the main opposition coalition. The Strong Egypt Party is to field candidates in the staggered legislative polls which start on April 22. Abul Fotouh told reporters in Cairo he believed parties had to "stand up to authority" in order to avoid ...

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Egypt opposition calls for protests on revolt anniversary

CAIRO, Jan 21, 2013 (AFP) Egypt’s opposition has called for demonstrations across the country on Friday, the second anniversary of the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak, to protest against mounting ‘mistakes’ by the ruling Islamists. The National Salvation Front, the country’s main opposition bloc which groups liberals and leftists, called for “rallies in all the Tahrir Squares of the country on Friday.” ...

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Egypt Islamists challenged by new protests

  by Marc Burleigh CAIRO, Dec 18, 2012 (AFP) Fresh opposition protests are to be held in Cairo on Tuesday over a draft constitution shaped by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's Islamist allies that looks on track to be adopted this weekend. Egyptian riot police cordon off all access to the road leading to the police station in Cairo's Doqqi neighbourhood on December 16, 2012. Fresh opposition protests are t ...

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Egypt detains last Mubarak PM

CAIRO, Sept 11, 2012 (AFP) Egyptian authorities ordered the arrest of ousted strongman Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister Ahmed Shafiq on Tuesday on suspicion of corruption, judicial sources said. Shafiq, who has been living abroad in the United Arab Emirates since narrowly losing the first post-Mubarak elections to Islamist incumbent Mohamed Morsi in June, has been barred from travel using his Egyptian pa ...

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Gunmen wound four police in Egypt’s Sinai: officials

CAIRO, Sept 10, 2012 (AFP) Militants wounded an Egyptian police general and three other officers in an attack on their patrol in the Sinai Peninsula late on Monday, security officials said. "Gunmen ambushed and opened fire on a police patrol carrying the deputy security chief for South Sinai, General Hatem Amin, as they pursued militants in Wadi Firan," the security sources said. The general and three other ...

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US nears deal to cut Egypt debt by $1 bn: report

NEW YORK, Sept 3, 2012 (AFP) The United States is weighing a deal with Egypt’s new rulers to relieve $1 billion worth of debt, The New York Times reported Monday. US President Barack Obama first promised the aid in May 2011, along with another $1 billion destined to assist Egypt’s democratic transition after the fall of longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak. Egypt, which has seen its economy worsen since Mubarak’s o ...

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West recognises growing Islamist role after Egypt vote

By Martine Nouaille PARIS, June 26, 2012 (AFP) The willingness of Western powers to work with Egypt's Islamist president-elect Mohamed Morsi recognizes the growth of the Muslim Brotherhood and shows a concern for regional stability, analysts say. The United States, the European Union, France and Britain, all hailed the vote as a historic moment for Egypt with its first democratically elected civilian presid ...

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Egypt delays poll results, ousted president in coma

By Jailan Zayan CAIRO, June 21, 2012 (AFP) Egypt's election commission delayed the announcement of presidential results scheduled for Thursday, as tension spiked over who will succeed ousted president Hosni Mubarak, said to be in a coma. "Egypt's election commission, headed by Judge Faruq Sultan... has decided to delay the announcement of the presidential election run-off," the official MENA news agency sai ...

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Egypt’s Mubarak in coma, on artificial respirator: source

CAIRO, June 19, 2012 (AFP) Egypt's ex-president Hosni Mubarak is in a coma and has been placed on an artificial respirator, a medical source told AFP, after the state news agency said he had been declared clinically dead. Mubarak "is in a coma and the doctors are trying to revive him. He has been placed on an artifical respirator," the source told AFP after state news agency MENA said the ousted leader had ...

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Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak clinically dead: state media

June 19, 2012 Egypt's ousted presdent Hosni Mubarak was declared clinically dead after he was transferred to hospital from prison on Tuesday, state media reported, after his heart stopped beating. “Hosni Mubarak is clinically dead,” the official MENA news agency reported. “Medical sources told MENA his heart had stopped beating and did not respond to defibrillation.” Mubarak, 84, has suffered serious health ...

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Egypt’s Copts back Shafiq as anti-Islamist bulwark

CAIRO, June 16, 2012 (AFP)  As Egyptians voted for a new president on Saturday, many of the country's Coptic Christians said they were backing Ahmed Shafiq, a former prime minister they believe can stem a rising Islamist tide. In the working-class Cairo neighborhood of Shobra, home to a large Christian community, 30-year-old Makram was proud to declare his support for Shafiq, the last premier to serve under ...

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