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Brotherhood: Members who back Aboul-Fotouh for presidenct face expulsion

Others | 11 March 2012
Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Mahmoud Ghozlan has warned that group members who throw their support behind presidential hopeful and former Brotherhood official Abdel Moneim Aboul-Fotouh would be dismissed from the movement, which currently controls almost half the seats in Egypt’s parliament. In a telephone interview with Al Jazeera Mubasher-Misr television channel on Saturday evening, Ghozlan said: "The group is looking for an appropriate candidate for the position [of president]. Once we determine who that will be, Brotherhood members will not be allowed to support any other candidate.".. More

Salafist MPs insists constitution reflect Egypt's 'Islamist identity'

Others | 11 March 2012
Salafist MP Mamdouh Ismail of Asala Party stated in parliament's first joint session of the upper and lower house held on Saturday, which deliberates the formation of the country's constituent assembly, that Egypt's constitution should reflect the "Islamist identity" of the nation... More

Gulf official slams Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood

Others | 11 March 2012
A top Gulf official slammed Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Saturday, following a Brotherhood leader’s criticism of United Arab Emirates policies. The official said the remarks may hurt longstanding bilateral ties between Egypt and Gulf countries. Last week, Mahmoud Ghozlan, Muslim Brotherhood spokesman, sharply criticized the UAE over its stance against the influential Muslim cleric Youssef al-Qaradawi... More

Coptic youth group to protest prison sentence of Egyptian priest

Others | 11 March 2012
The Maspero Youth Union, a revolutionary Coptic youth group, has called for a demonstration to take place on Sunday in front of the general prosecutor's office at the Supreme Court to protest a prison sentence given to priest Makarius Boulos of the Mar Girgis Church in El-Marinab, Upper Egypt. Father Boulos was handed a six-month prison sentence on charges of violating construction regulations. His church was found to be a few metres higher than permitted... More

Pope Shenouda's health stable, says secretary

Others | 11 March 2012
Pope Shenouda's health is stable and reassuring, the pope's secretary told Al-Masry Al-Youm on Saturday. Bishop Armia denied reports that the Church is praying for the Pope due to a sharp deterioration in his health. He added that the Church prays daily for the safety of the Church, the pope and all officials in Egypt now. .. More

Abu Ismail: Consensus candidate a conspiracy against Egyptians

Others | 8 March 2012
Al-Masry Al-Youm met with presidential hopeful Hazem Salah Abu Ismail, who expounded on his criticism of political deals surrounding presidential candidates and his positioning as an Islamist candidate in the map of political support from established parties, particularly Salafi-oriented ones. The paper published its Q&A with the presidential hopeful on Sunday... More

Brotherhood: President should ‎balance between Islamists and liberals

Others | 8 March 2012
Leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood Ali Bateekh stated on Monday that the Brotherhood will not be nominating a candidate for the presidential race and nor will it be backing a candidate belonging to an Islamist party or movement. Bateekh is a member of the Brotherhood's Shura Council, a group responsible for the planning and charting of general policies of the movement... More

Salafis likely to support Abu Ismail, Awa or Abouel Fotouh for president, leader says

Others | 7 March 2012
The Salafi movement will likely support Islamists Hazem Abu Ismail, Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh or Mohamed Selim al-Awa for president in the upcoming elections, a party leader told Shabab magazine. The movement will make a final decision on which candidate it will back after the nomination process ends in April, movement spokesperson Abdel Moneim al-Shahhat said in an interview with the magazine, which is published by state-owned Al-Ahram... More

Authorities ban travel for 37 Copts over political asylum concerns

Others | 7 March 2012
Authorities banned 37 Egyptian Copts from flying to Italy en route to Russia, a security source at Cairo International Airport has said. The head of the Italian airline company requested the travel ban because the travelers did not have visas required to access European Union countries, the source said, expressing concerns they would head to Italy and ask for political asylum... More

Investigation: Salafi NGO received LE223 mn from foreign 'religious extremists

Others | 6 March 2012
Authorities referred the Salafi NGO Ansar al-Sunnah to investigation by the Public Funds Prosecution over charges of embezzlement and illegally receiving foreign funding, judicial sources told privately owned Al-Tahrir newspaper Tuesday. Last September, police raided 17 NGO offices, including several US-based pro-democracy groups. The government said at the time that the raid was part of wider probe into the massive amounts of illegal funds pouring into the country following the ouster of the former President Hosni Mubarak last year... More

Brotherhood’s deputy supreme guide heads to Qatar for talks

Others | 6 March 2012
Deputy Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood Khairat al-Shater traveled to Doha on Monday for talks with Qatari officials about recent developments in the region. The visit will last for few days. An informed source who was with Shater at Cairo International Airport said talks “will tackle coordination between Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party on developments in Egypt and the Arab region.”.. More

Salafist MPs insists constitution reflect Egypt's 'Islamist identity'

Others | 6 March 2012
Salafist MP Mamdouh Ismail of Asala Party stated in parliament's first joint session of the upper and lower house held on Saturday, which deliberates the formation of the country's constituent assembly, that Egypt's constitution should reflect the "Islamist identity" of the nation... More

Brotherhood deputy chairman El-Shater visits Qatar

Others | 6 March 2012
Muslim brotherhood deputy chairman Khairat El-Shater left Cairo for Doha on Monday for a visit that will last several days during which he will meet a number of Qatari officials. El-Shater will discuss both recent developments in Egypt as well as regional affairs... More

Nose job ends Salafist MP's political career

Others | 6 March 2012
SalafistNour Party MP Anwar El-Balkimy was allegedly attacked few days ago in the latest reported armed assault on a prominent Egyptian politician. Allegations, however, have subsequently emerged that the MPs facial injuries – which he says he sustained in the attack – were actually the result of a plastic surgery. .. More

Military court adjourns Maspero massacre case to 13 March

Others | 5 March 2012
A military court has adjourned the case of protester deaths during a mostly Coptic march in October to 13 March, MENA reported on Sunday. The court said that it needs to hear the testimonies of more witnesses. Three soldiers are charged with killing protesters: Mahmoud Abdel Hameed Suliman, 21, Karam Hamed Mohamed, 21, and Mahmoud Gamal Taha, 22... More

Brotherhood denies McCain allegations it helped US NGO workers leave Egypt

Others | 5 March 2012
Senior members of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood have reacted angrily to statements by US Senator John McCain in which he thanked the group for its role in lifting the travel ban on indicted foreign NGO workers. At least thirteen foreign nationals, uncluding several Americans, out of 43 people accused of working in Egypt and raising US funds without appropriate government authorisation, departed Egypt on a US military plane on Thursday... More

Salafi group calls to commemorate State Security dissolution

Others | 5 March 2012
The Salafi Front in Egypt has called on Egyptians to demonstrate in front of Parliament on Monday at 4 pm in remembrance of the dissolution of the State Security Investigation Services. The front said in a statement that the dissolution was only “formal” because it was replaced by the National Security Agency, which has the same practices... More

Jama'a al-Islamiya suggests MPs make up 70 percent of constituent assembly

Others | 5 March 2012
Jama’a al-Islamiya has proposed that 70 percent of members of the constituent assembly that will write Egypt’s new constitution be chosen from among Parliament’s elected members in both houses. The remaining 30 percent should be non-parliamentary, a statement issued Sunday by the group’s Construction and Development Party said... More

Freedom and Justice Party in talks to form coalition government

Others | 5 March 2012
The Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party has begun consultations with certain parties with a view to forming a coalition government, said Farid Ismail, the deputy for Parliament’s Defense and National Security Committee. Ismail, who denied having communicated with the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces on the subject, said Parliament is generally inclined to reject the government statement delivered by the military-appointed prime minister, Kamal al-Ganzouri, in late February... More

Salafist presidential hopeful vows to release political prisoners

Others | 2 March 2012
Salafist leader and presidential hopeful Hazem Salah Abou-Ismail has announced that, should he become Egypt's next president, he would immediately order the release of all political prisoners and end the longstanding practice of referring civilians to military trials. Abou-Ismail made the statement during a visit to the Cairo headquarters of the Building and Development Party (BDP), Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya's political arm... More

Coptic groups not on board with Brotherhood meeting

Others | 2 March 2012
While Christian churches in Egypt endorsed an Anglican initiative to meet with Muslim Brotherhood leaders Tuesday, various Coptic groups continued to reject dialogue with the Islamist organization. Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie and his deputy Rashad al-Bayoumy, along with other group officials, received a high-level delegation Tuesday, including 17 members led by head of the Anglican Communion Safwat al-Bayaady and Anglican Church Undersecretary Andre Zaky, to discuss citizenship issues and religious freedoms. .. More