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'Cultural Constitution Movement' slams Egypt constituent assembly

Others | 28 March 2012
The Cultural Constitution Movement has announced Monday it is joining the Constitution for all Egyptians Front, a newly formed coalition of revolutionary and political groups campaigning for a fair and representative constitution. The coalition, which was announced last week, opposes the process of electing members to the constituent assembly, which sees 50 per cent of the figures chosen from the Islamist-dominated parliament and 50 per cent chosen from non-parliamentarians. .. More

Egypt inks deal with Turkey to restore religious artifacts

Others | 28 March 2012
Egypt and Turkey signed an agreement on Monday in which Turkey will renovate religious artifacts in Cairo and Alexandria. Al-Azhar, the Antiquities Ministry and the Religious Endowments Ministry signed the agreement for the Egyptian side, while the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TİKA) inked the agreement for the Turkish side... More

Union of Egyptian writers condemns Constituent Assembly

Others | 28 March 2012
In a statement published Sunday, the Union of Egyptian Writers strongly condemned the methods use to determine the constituent assembly, which saw 50 per cent of the seats chosen from the Islamist-dominated People's Assembly and Shura Council and 50 per cent chosen from outside parliament... More

Presidential palaces inventory intact, says committee

Others | 28 March 2012
The judicial committee supervising the inventory of the 25 presidential palaces in Egypt said on Monday said that no holdings, documents or artifacts are missing. Last year, Egyptian news reports said that former President Mubarak seized a number of items before leaving for Sharm el-Sheikh, where he has resided since his ouster in February... More

Legal experts call for ensuring judiciary independence in constitution

Others | 28 March 2012
A group of legal experts have called for limiting the presidential power to declare a state of emergency, saying the judiciary should oversee such declarations. The call was among a list of recommendations set forward during a Sunday conference, organized by the Arab Center for the Independence of the Judiciary and Legal Profession. The conference, attended by 200 judges and lawyers, focused on establishing and protecting the independence of judicial authorities in Egypt’s new constitution, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported on Tuesday... More

The constituent assembly nominees dissected

Others | 27 March 2012
The votes are still being counted, but the names of the hundred people nominated to draft Egypt’s next constitution have been announced. Since Parliament decided to appoint half the members from within its ranks, the list is dominated by Islamists, as expected. Thirty-six of the 50 MPs come from parliamentary blocs of either the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party or the Salafi-oriented Nour Party. But what about the other 50 members and their affiliations?.. More

Hundreds of football fans stage parliament sit-in

Others | 27 March 2012
Several hundred Ultras Ahlawy members, Ahly club's hardcore football fans, embarked on an open-ended sit-in starting Sunday in front of the People's Assembly demanding retribution for the Port Said football disaster that saw over 74 Ahly fans killed by groups who appeared to be rioting Masry supporters... More

Media overstates Mubarak’s wealth to satisfy public, says illicit gains chief

Others | 27 March 2012
The head of the Illicit Gains Authority on Sunday called on the media to be accurate about the presumed wealth of former President Hosni Mubarak and other officials from his regime. “The media claims they have billions abroad whereas this is not true, at least from what we know so far,” said Assem al-Gohary, the authority head... More

Islamists reserve 65 seats on 100-member Constituent Assembly

Others | 27 March 2012
The first meeting of the Constituent Assembly tasked with drafting Egypt's post-January 25 Revolution constitution will be held Wednesday to prepare the main guidelines of its business in the coming weeks. The meeting, which will be headed by speaker of the People's Assembly Saad El-Katatni, will elect a chairman and two deputies and divide the assembly into committees, to each one of which will be entrusted with drafting a certain chapter of the constitution, and clarify the procedures necessary to reach consensus on a final draft... More

Islamists reserve 65 seats on 100-member Constituent Assembly

Others | 27 March 2012
The first meeting of the Constituent Assembly tasked with drafting Egypt's post-January 25 Revolution constitution will be held Wednesday to prepare the main guidelines of its business in the coming weeks. The meeting, which will be headed by speaker of the People's Assembly Saad El-Katatni, will elect a chairman and two deputies and divide the assembly into committees, to each one of which will be entrusted with drafting a certain chapter of the constitution, and clarify the procedures necessary to reach consensus on a final draft... More

Egypt chief Tantawi condemns Brotherhood election claims

Others | 27 March 2012
Egypt's military leader Field Marshall Mohamed Hussein Tantawi issued a written statement via the official state news agency MENA Sunday afternoon in which he dismissed Muslim Brotherhood claims that presidential elections would be rigged... More

Cairo governor sentenced to six months imprisonment

Others | 26 March 2012
Ain Shams Misdemeanors Court in Cairo ruled a verdict Saturday sentencing current Cairo Governor Abdel-Qawi Khalifa to six months in prison for not abiding by a previous court order to settle a land-squatting issue with a citizen from the rural district of Ezbet Kheirallah. The court sentenced Khalifa to six months imprisonment and ordered him to issue an ownership contract for Sabry Mostafa, resident of Ezbet Kheirallah, who had squatted a piece of land in the impoverished neighbourhood some years ago... More

Liberal parties withdraw from constituent assembly session

Others | 26 March 2012
Parliament members from the Free Egyptians Party, the Revolution Continues Coalition, and the Egyptian Social Democratic Party abandoned talks Saturday about the selection of the 100 members of a constituent assembly that will draft a new constitution. The members backed out of a session, held at the Cairo International Conference by the Shura Council and the People's Assembly, during which representatives discussed the selection process for the members... More

Ahly players shocked by Masry sanctions

Others | 26 March 2012
Ahly players are frustrated by what they consider lenient sanctions against Masry as punishment for the Port Said stadium disaster that left more than 74 dead and hundreds injured. Late Friday night Port Said Masry fans tried to storm administration buildings, which lead to clashes with the army... More

Egypt's economic reform proposals ignore social justice: Civil group

Others | 26 March 2012
A group demanding the cancellation of Egypt's debts has issued a statement condemning the interim government's proposals for reforming the economy. The Popular Campaign to Drop Egypt’s Debts (PCDED) claims new plans aimed at cutting the country's public debt ignore longheld demands for social justice and will actually increase poverty in rural areas... More

Hamdeen Sabbahi's campaign says it has the required endorsements

Others | 26 March 2012
The campaign for the leftist presidential hopeful Hamdeen Sabbahi said on Saturday that it has obtained endorsements from more than 30,000 people, adding that it will reveal the total number of signatures soon. In a statement, the campaign said that all the figures published about the number of signatures Sabbahi has supporting his nomination are inaccurate. It said it will announce the correct number within days, adding that the total number exceeds 30,000... More

Revolutionaries call for weekend protests against rules for drafting constitution

Others | 23 March 2012
The Alliance of Egyptian Revolutionaries is calling for a demonstration on Friday in front of Egypt’s Supreme Court in Cairo’s downtown district to protest what they describe as the “farcical” rules set by parliament for choosing members of the constituent assembly tasked with drafting a new constitution. The alliance, which consists of several revolutionary youth movements, is also preparing to hold protest marches on Saturday to the International Conference Hall in Nasr City on the capital’s outskirts... More

Police officers stage protest at Interior Ministry

Others | 23 March 2012
Dozens of low-ranking police officers staged a protest outside the Interior Ministry Thursday to demand higher salaries, promotions, relocations to districts outside of where they live and the cancelation of military trials of police officers. “I have been working for the police department for many years, I was promoted, but I and my colleagues have a lot of other rights, like higher salaries, promotions based on equality and not nepotism, relocation to other districts, and not facing military trials,” said low-ranking police officer Hamdy Mohamed. .. More

Egypt's motorists queue, officials struggle to explain why

Others | 23 March 2012
Egypt’s second fuel crisis of 2012 is rumbling on with motorists queuing to fill their tanks as officials give varied explanations for the latest supply shortages. Bad weather, panic-buying, profiteering and a lack of trust in the government have all been blamed for the crisis, which began 10 days ago and has seen Egyptians struggle to find sufficient fuel for their vehicles... More

Awa says 'rival' offered bribes in his name to tarnish reputation

Others | 23 March 2012
Islamist presidential hopeful Mohamed Selim al-Awa on Wednesday accused a “rival” of offering money for signatures in support of him to tarnish his reputation ahead of the presidential election. In a phone interview on the privately owned Dream TV channel, Awa said that his rival, who he refused to name, campaigned for him in and around Cairo in cars with loudspeakers and offered LE50 for people to sign in support of his candidacy... More

Sources: 75% of constituent assembly members to be chosen by Islamists

Others | 23 March 2012
Thirty of the 50 seats allotted to members of Parliament in the constituent assembly that will write Egypt’s new constitution will go to Freedom and Justice Party MPs, and 10 to the Nour Party, according to an agreement in principle between the two leading parties. Ahmed Abdel Rahman, from the FJP, said Wednesday that the final agreement would be announced on Saturday... More