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Egypt changes election system

Others | 25 September 2011
CAIRO - Egypt's military rulers have agreed to amend election rules, state-run media said on Saturday, but some politicians say the changes still leave too much scope for supporters of ousted President Hosni Mubarak to seek parliamentary seats... More

ElBaradei in hometown for family visit, say campaigners

Others | 25 September 2011
CAIRO: Mohamed ElBaradei was in his hometown of Ibyar in Al-Gharbeya governorate on Friday to “visit family,” according to the press office of the campaign supporting ElBaradei as Egypt’s next president... More

Khaled Saeed murder trial adjourned for study of latest forensics report

Others | 25 September 2011
ALEXANDRIA - Alexandria's criminal court on Saturday adjourned, until 22 October, the trial of two policemen implicated in the death of Khaled Saeed. Saeed, born in 1982, was allegedly beaten to death by two policemen in Alexandria on 6 June, 2010... More

Egypt's emergency Law in place until next June

Others | 22 September 2011
CAIRO (Updated) - Egypt's state of emergency will remain in place until June 2012, a military official said Wednesday, stressing that the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) seeks to "end the emergency as soon as possible". .. More

Court suspends privatization contracts of three companies

Others | 22 September 2011
CAIRO: The Administrative Court suspended Wednesday the privatization contracts of three privatized companies, returning them to the public sector. The court’s decision also cleared them of all debts and mortgages resulting from the privatization, and restored the rights of the companies' workers... More

Egypt drop 2 places in FIFA rankings

Others | 22 September 2011
CAIRO - African champions Egypt have dropped two places to 36 in the latest FIFA world rankings, released on Wednesday... More

Egypt bought 2.6 mln T of local wheat

Others | 21 September 2011
CAIRO - Egypt bought 2.6 million tonnes of wheat from local producers in 2011 compared to 2.1 million tonnes a year earlier, Social Solidarity Minister Gouda Abdel Khaleq said on Tuesday. "We procured 25 per cent more wheat this year due to better price incentives," he said during a conference in Cairo. He did not give details on the incentives. Egypt is the world's biggest wheat importer... More

Teachers call for a million-man march Saturday

Others | 21 September 2011
CAIRO: Striking teachers called for a million-man march to the Cabinet of Ministers on Saturday to protest government’s inaction to their demands, the Independent Teachers Union said on Tuesday School teachers said more schools have joined the strike, which continued for the fourth day Tuesday... More

'Random' arrests after Israel embassy attack

Others | 21 September 2011
CAIRO: Egyptian rights groups have accused Egyptian authorities of carrying out random arrests after this month's attack on the Israeli embassy in Cairo, citing it as another example of a return to the ways of ousted President Hosni Mubarak... More

Egypt's democratic transition lags amid confusion

Others | 20 September 2011
CAIRO – It took 18 days of democracy protests to end Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's 30 years in power. It may yet take at least 18 months after his overthrow to see off the generals who succeeded him. The military, in charge since Mubarak was toppled in February, has said it will not hand over power until presidential elections are held. According to a timeline announced this week, that may not happen until August 2012... More

SCAF talks elections timeline with political parties

Others | 20 September 2011
CAIRO: The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) agreed to put an end to military trials for civilians, except for “those who attack army soldiers,” at a meeting with representatives of 47 political parties on Sunday... More

Education Minister inspects schools

Others | 20 September 2011
CAIRO – Egypt's Minister of Education Ahmed Gamal el-Din emphasised on Sunday that the teachers' strike is unusual, something that rarely happens in other countries, the official Middle East News Agency reports. Teachers nationwide are striking today (Monday) for the third day in a row, calling on the Government to raise their salaries; they also have other demands... More

Egypt groups try to block Mubarak loyalists from vote

Others | 19 September 2011
CAIRO - Islamists and other political groups sought changes to election rules at a meeting late on Sunday with the ruling military to ensure those linked to Hosni Mubarak's now defunct party are blocked from Egypt's first free parliamentary vote in decades. The head of the election committee, Abdelmuezz Ibrahim, said the poll for the lower house would start on Nov. 21 and the vote for the upper house would begin on Jan. 22, with each vote being held in three stages, state newspapers reported on Sunday. .. More

Egypt teachers, doctors and workers continue nationwide strikes

Others | 19 September 2011
CAIRO: Egyptian teachers embarked Sunday on the second day of a nationwide general strike, demanding the dismissal of Education Minister Ahmed Gamal El-Din Moussa, a minimum wage of LE 3,000 and the promised 200 percent reward incentive without cuts. Simultaneously, doctors and workers in Egypt’s public transportation sector as well as a number of factories were also on strike demanding better working conditions, wages and voicing criticism of management... More

Egypt to start parliamentary vote on Nov. 21: media

Others | 19 September 2011
CAIRO: Egypt will start parliamentary elections on Nov. 21, Al Arabiya Television and the Al-Ahram newspaper reported on Saturday, the country's first vote since a popular uprising toppled president Hosni Mubarak in February after 30 years of autocratic rule... More

Egypt to start parliamentary vote on Nov.21 – media

Others | 18 September 2011
CAIRO - Egypt will start parliamentary elections on Nov. 21, Al Arabiya Television and the Al-Ahram newspaper reported on Saturday, the country's first vote since a popular uprising toppled President Hosni Mubarak in February after 30 years of autocratic rule. .. More

Interior minister orders investigation into Alexandria torture claims

Others | 18 September 2011
CAIRO: Minister of Interior Mansour El-Essawy ordered an investigation into the case of an Alexandria citizen who alleged he was tortured and sodomized at a police station earlier this month, the official news agency MENA reported... More

Egypt's health catastrophe

Others | 18 September 2011
CAIRO - ASIDE from the political and financial charges facing the toppled president and members of his corrupted regime, some people are calling for questioning Mubarak over the health disaster that has hit Egyptians, putting them at the top of the world's list of people suffering from liver cancer and diabetes. “Mubarak's regime should be questioned for the crime they committed against Egyptians' health,” said Dr Alaa Eddin Ibrahim, professor of liver diseases at Benha University's School of Medicine... More

Egypt's activists call for march only

Others | 15 September 2011
CAIRO – Egypt’s activists and political powers on Thursday called for a one million man march on Friday afternoon, lasting until 6pm, but not for a sit-in, the official Middle East News Agency reports. The march, to be held in Tahrir Square and other main squares nationwide, will be launched under the slogan, ‘No to the Emergency Law’... More

Egypt, Turkey target $10 bln investments in four years

Others | 15 September 2011
CAIRO: Egypt and Turkey will increase bilateral investments to $10 billion over the next four years, officials said in Cairo on Wednesday. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Egyptian counterpart Essam Sharaf signed an agreement to increase and enhance the "strategic economic relationship" and boost investments at the Turkish-Egyptian Economic Forum on Wednesday... More

Ahly on tough mission on Friday

Others | 15 September 2011
CAIRO – Egypt's Al-Ahly are on a tough mission on Friday when they host Esperance of Tunisia in the African Champions League quarters in Cairo Stadium. It is a crucial game as Al-Ahly must beat Group B leaders Esperance by two goals in the Cairo match to guarantee a place in the last four... More