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Political players jockey for influence over new constitution

Others | 13 March 2012
By 8 March, a total of 353 proposals for the formation of the 100-member constituent assembly – which will be tasked with drafting Egypt's new constitution – had been received by the parliamentary committee charged with overseeing the process. The committee includes 25 officials drawn from the general secretariats of the People's Assembly and Shura Council, the lower and upper houses of Egypt's parliament. The job of committee members is to classify all proposals before they are passed on to two joint meetings of the two houses of parliament, slated for 17 and 24 March... More

Parliament’s first legislation to increase compensation to revolution martyrs

Others | 13 March 2012
The People’s Assembly approved in principle during its session on Monday to increase compensations paid to the families of protesters killed during the January 2011 uprising against former President Hosni Mubarak’s regime. The compensations will increase from LE30,000 to LE100,000 for each family, according to the draft law... More

Aboul-Naga is lying: Freedom House head

Others | 13 March 2012
David J. Kramer, president of Freedom House, has hit back at Egypt's Planning and International Cooperation Minister Fayza Aboul-Naga after she accused the American NGO of working in Egypt without authorisation... More

Keeper of Islamic Flame Rises as Egypt’s New Decisive Voice

Others | 12 March 2012
CAIRO — For more than a dozen years, Khairat el-Shater guided his family of 10 children, his sprawling business empire and Egypt’s largest Islamist movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, all from a prison cell. Each week, he held court behind prison walls as young Muslim Brothers delivered to him dossiers about the organization that sometimes were as long as 200 pages. His corporate employees paid regular visits for strategic advice about his investments in software, textile, bus manufacturing and furniture companies and other enterprises. And before consenting to the marriages of his eight daughters, he met in prison with each of their suitors. Some of the grooms were prisoners with him, others made the pilgrimage, and five said their vows in his presence, behind bars... More

An American Who Stayed Appears in Court in Egypt

Others | 12 March 2012
CAIRO — The last American facing criminal charges here for his work with United States-backed nonprofit groups appeared in court on Thursday as the trial reopened, standing in the metal cage where Egyptian criminal courts keep defendants during proceedings. The American, Robert Becker, chose to stay in Egypt to stand trial even after his federally financed employer, the National Democratic Institute, paid $330,000 in bail to allow him a chance to leave the country. He has not returned an electronic message and could not be reached for comment... More

Government won’t resign, says official

Others | 12 March 2012
A senior official has said that the government of Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri would not tender its resignation because of the attack on it by members of Parliament. MPs had called for withdrawing confidence from the government against the backdrop of the NGO illegal funding issue... More

Minister says NGO funding case made her stronger

Others | 12 March 2012
Planning and International Cooperation Minister Fayza Abouelnaga on Sunday said she had no connection to the NGO funding case as soon as investigations for it started. The case of foreign-funded NGOs has sparked widespread controversy, she said. However, she added that the ensuing attack on her has only made her stronger and more certain she was heading in the right direction... More

Egypt parliament to consider rejecting US aid

Others | 12 March 2012
The move by the People's Assembly on Sunday was sparked by the 1 March departure of six Americans defendants in a case of 43 employees of nonprofit groups accused of using illegal foreign funds to foment unrest in Egypt... More

Inauguration of Mideast Christian

Others | 12 March 2012
Dear all, Hope my message finds you well. I am very pleased to announce the launching of Mideast Christian News today, which is a dream that we all had for a long time. Our teams here in the US, Egypt and the Middle East region are working since November 2011 in preparation for this day... More

BREAKING: 'Virginity tests' doctor acquitted

Others | 11 March 2012
A military court on Sunday acquitted Dr Ahmed Adel El-Mogy of carrying out "virginity tests" on seven women. The incident took place after military personnel dispersed a sit-in in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on 9 March 2011. A number of female detainees were tortured and subjected to “virginity tests.”.. More

Investigation into MP accused of 'insulting' Tantawi adjourned to Monday

Others | 11 March 2012
The Parliament’s ethics committee has adjourned the investigation into MP Zyad Elelaimy, accused of insulting Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi and Salafi preacher Mohamed Hassan, until Monday, state TV reported on Saturday. Last month during a rally in Port Said, Elelaimy accused Tantawi of being responsible for killing Egyptians... More

Egypt's Premier League cancelled

Others | 11 March 2012
CAIRO - The Executive Committee of the Egyptian Football Association (EFA), headed by Anwar Saleh, has decided to cancel the Premier League 2011-12 season, holding instead a friendly tournament called ‘The Martyrs’ Cup’. Effat el-Sadat, the President of Al-Ittihad Club of Alexandria, made this announcement Saturday, at the end of an EFA meeting. .. More

Socialist MP announces presidential bid

Others | 8 March 2012
Socialist Popular Alliance Party MP Abul Ezz al-Hariry announced on Tuesday he plans to run for president in the upcoming election. During an interview on “Studio al-Qahira” talk show aired by Saudi satellite channel Al-Arabiya, Hariry said as president he would stop gas exports to Israel. .. More

SCAF Advisory Council chief announces bid for Egyptian presidency

Others | 8 March 2012
The head of Supreme Council of the Armed Forces' (SCAF) Advisory Council, Mansour Hassan, announced his intention Wednesday to join the presidential race that officially kicks off Saturday. Hassan, 75, is a veteran politician who served in key executive posts under late president Anwar El-Sadat — including as minister of state affairs for information and culture — and was considered by the late president as a replacement for Hosni Mubarak as vice president days before Sadat was killed by Islamists on 6 October 1981... More

Asmaa Mahfouz appeals against ‘vengeful’ complaint, court postpones trial to 17 April

Others | 8 March 2012
The Ain Shams Misdemeanor Court on Wednesday postponed the trial of Asmaa Mahfouz, an activist accused of assaulting a citizen, to 17 April. Mahfouz was sentenced in absentia to one year in prison and fined LE2,000 for physically assaulting one of the witnesses in the Maspero case, the incident in which 27 mostly-Coptic protestors were killed when the army brutally dispersed a peaceful protest last October... More

Aboul-Naga: Parliament lacks authority to dissolve El-Ganzouri govt

Others | 8 March 2012
International Cooperation Minister Fayza Aboul-Naga has declared that Egypt's Parliament is not legally entitled to issue a vote of no-confidence in the current interim government. Nor, she said, was it entitled to appoint a new government... More

Complaint accuses public figures of insulting armed forces

Others | 8 March 2012
The public prosecution has referred a report accusing several activists, public figures, MPs and media professionals of insulting the armed forces to the military prosecution, a judicial source said. The same source said the report, filed by a citizen named Mohamed Salah Zaghloul, accuses certain public figures of seeking to bring down the state... More

Parliament solicits public opinion on constituent assembly makeup

Others | 7 March 2012
A joint parliamentary committee will meet Saturday to discuss proposals submitted by MPs, institutions and citizens regarding criteria for the formation of the constituent assembly that will write Egypt’s new constitution, MENA reported. In a statement issued Tuesday, the joint committee — which includes members from the general committees of both houses of Parliament — complained about not receiving any proposals from citizens or the Judges Club. The committee said it has received 55 proposals in two days, all of which were submitted by MPs and party members... More

Dozens protest to demand release of April 6 Youth Movement activist

Others | 7 March 2012
Dozens of April 6 Youth Movement members and ultras football group members organized a protest Wednesday morning outside the Abdeen prosecution building in downtown Cairo to demand the release of April 6 movement member George Ramzy... More

Four 'safe-exit' scenarios for Egypt's military rulers

Others | 7 March 2012
The role and position of the army after the ruling military council hands over power to a civilian president is one of the main areas of debate between presidential candidates, political parties and revolutionaries as Egyptians talk about writing a new constitution, electing a new president and putting an end to the military-governed transitional period... More

Group plans conference to support former VP for president

Others | 7 March 2012
Former Vice President Omar Suleiman has not yet decided whether he will run for president, but his decision is expected to be announced soon, the Facebook page campaigning for him has said. The page said it is planning a big conference for Friday to call on Egyptians to support Suleiman for president. .. More