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Egypt army head praises activist youth

Others | 24 July 2011
CAIRO—The head of Egypt's ruling military council has praised the youth who led the uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak, in an apparent effort to diffuse tensions between activists and the army. In a brief address Saturday on state TV, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi called the youth activists "a great product of Egyptian soil" and saluted them for making history. Many protesters have grown .. More

Protesters march on defense ministry

Others | 24 July 2011
CAIRO: Several thousand protesters marched toward Egypt's ministry of defense and headquarters of the country's military rulers in a rare rally Friday following reports of scuffles between protesters and soldiers in other cities. Armored vehicles and hundreds of military police blocked the road leading to the defense ministry, however, preventing nearly 4,000 protesters from advancing any further... More

Egypt TV to air ex-interior minister's trial

Others | 24 July 2011
CAIRO - The trial of former interior minister Habib el-Adli and six of his former senior aides will be aired live on Egypt's State TV on Monday, as preparations are underway for the first court session of former president Hosni Mubarak, scheduled for August 3, to be broadcast... More

International election monitors not welcome, according to new parliament law

Others | 21 July 2011
CAIRO: Army council General Mamdouh Shahin said Wednesday that international monitoring of the impending legislative elections will not be allowed because Egypt “doesn’t accept guardianship from any country”, adding that this was an issue of national sovereignty... More

Egypt cabinet to be sworn in after delays

Others | 21 July 2011
CAIRO - Egypt's new cabinet, aimed at mollifying protesters demanding quick reforms, was expected to be sworn on Thursday, three days behind schedule, after intense wrangling left the premier in hospital. "Prime Minister Essam Sharaf has completed discussions to form the new cabinet and it will be sworn in today (Thursday) in front of (the head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces) Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi," the cabinet's official Facebook page said... More

Egypt's bourse slightly down

Others | 21 July 2011
CAIRO - For the second day in a row, Egyptian shares were mixed on Wednesday, traders said. The country's benchmark index EGX 30 fell slightly by 0.04 per cent to 5,142.45 points, according to Bourse data. The broader indexes EGX 70 and EGX 100 added 1.07 and 0.69 per cent to 639.48 and 964.08 points. .. More

ElBaradei comes top in Egypt army Facebook survey

Others | 20 July 2011
CAIRO - Former UN nuclear watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei is the most popular choice for next Egyptian president, according to an army survey conducted on Facebook, state media reported on Wednesday. The survey, which was launched a month ago on Facebook, asked members to rate their favourite for the country's top job, in an exercise criticised as unrepresentative... More

Parties welcome electoral commission measures, demand more

Others | 20 July 2011
CAIRO: Several political parties welcomed Tuesday the measures announced by the Supreme Electoral Commission concerning the next parliamentary polls, but demanded more steps. On Monday, the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) formed the Commission led by the head of the Cairo Appeals Court Abdel-Mo'ez Ibrahim... More

Egyptian stocks mixed; Arabs weigh

Others | 20 July 2011
CAIRO - Egyptian stocks ended mixed on Tuesday, while Arab buying weighed, traders said. The country's benchmark index EGX 30 fell by 0.6 per cent to 5,144.27 points, they added. But the broader indexes EGX 70 and EGX 100 were in the black, gaining 1.48 and 1.96 per cent to 632.74 and 957.48 points respectively. Locals and Arabs made net purchases worth LE9.2 million ($1.5 million) .. More

Under-fire PM delays swearing-in of new cabinet

Others | 19 July 2011
CAIRO: Prime Minister Essam Sharaf on Monday postponed the swearing-in of a new .. More

ElBaradei, FJP agree on guidelines for choosing constituent assembly

Others | 19 July 2011
CAIRO: Presidential hopeful Mohamed ElBaradei and the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) agreed Sunday on guidelines for the formation of a representative constituent assembly that will draft Egypt’s new constitution following pending general elections. ElBaradei, the first presidential candidate to visit FJP's headquarters to formally congratulate its leaders on their newly-established party, agreed with the FJP’s general secretary, Saad El-Katatny, and deputy head, Essam El-Erian, that the assembly should include members from outside the elected parliament... More

Egypt dips on fragile political outlook

Others | 19 July 2011
CAIRO: The stock market benchmark index fell 1.7 percent, a day after the appointment of a new finance minister boosted the index. Worries persisted over whether Egypt can make a peaceful transition from military to civilian rule after elections planned later this year, dampening appetite for shares even in companies with stronger earnings prospects... More

Suspense as ministers resign ahead of Cabinet reshuffle

Others | 18 July 2011
CAIRO: Egypt's Prime Minister Essam Sharaf pushed forward with plans for a sweeping .. More

Rights activists stress ending military trials, as retrial clears first civilian case

Others | 18 July 2011
CAIRO: Human rights activists as well as the “No to Military Trials for Civilians” campaign reiterated their demands to put an end to military trials of civilians on Sunday, despite the army council’s promise to limit the use of such trials. In its 68th statement, the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) on Saturday cited three conditions in which civilians will face military courts: acts of thuggery involving weapons, rape crimes and assaulting security forces while on duty... More

Lawyer says Mubarak in a coma, state TV denies

Others | 18 July 2011
CAIRO: Egypt’s ousted President Hosni Mubarak, who was toppled in February and who has been detained in a hospital in Sharm El-Sheikh, has fallen into a coma, his lawyer said on Sunday, although State TV said that the hospital director has denied the report. “I was informed about the sudden deterioration in Mubarak’s health and I am now on my way to Sharm El-Sheikh. All that I know so far is that the president is in a full coma,” Mubarak’s lawyer Farid El-Deeb had told Reuters. He did not give more details... More

Egypt PM moves to reshuffle cabinet

Others | 17 July 2011
CAIRO (Updated) - Egypt's Prime Minister Essam Sharaf pushed forward with plans for a sweeping cabinet shuffle on.. More

Thousands in Tahrir on 'Final Warning Friday'

Others | 17 July 2011
CAIRO: Thousands of protesters rallied in Tahrir Square Friday dubbed "The Friday of Final Warning," to reiterate the demands of the revolution, ahead of an immanent cabinet reshuffle. After Friday prayers, protesters collectively chanted "Allah is great," "the Military Council is illegitimate," and "Down with Tantawi," referring to the head of the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF), Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi... More

Egypt deputy PM takes finance portfolio

Others | 17 July 2011
CAIRO - Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf has chosen one of his two newly appointed deputies, Hazem Beblawi, to serve as his finance minister, state television reported on Sunday. Beblawi, a veteran economist who was on Saturday appointed one of two new deputy prime ministers, will take over from Samir Radwan... More

Interior minister terminates service of 669 officers, denies police snipers shot protesters

Others | 14 July 2011
CAIRO: The Ministry of Interior terminated the service of 669 police officers, including.. More

Parliament September polls delayed: state media

Others | 14 July 2011
CAIRO: Egyptian parliamentary elections that were scheduled for September have been delayed until October or November, a military official told the MENA state news agency on Wednesday. "It has been decided to hold elections for the People's Assembly and the Shoura Council next October or November," MENA quoted the official as saying, in reference to the lower and upper houses of parliament. .. More

Suez protesters continue sit-in for 10th day, despite vendetta clashes

Others | 14 July 2011
CAIRO: Suez protesters continued on Wednesday their sit-in in the main El-Arbaein Square for the tenth consecutive day, saying they won’t leave until their demands were entirely met. Mass protests and sit-ins swept through the city since July 4 when a criminal court released on bail seven police officers charged with killing and injuring peaceful protesters in the first days of the January 25 uprising. Seven others are being tried in absentia. The trial was adjourned to September... More