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Meet your presidential candidate: Omar Suleiman, the phantom

Others | 13 April 2012
When Omar Suleiman, former spy chief and vice president under ousted President Hosni Mubarak, appeared for 30 seconds on 11 February 2011 to announce Mubarak’s resignation, many thought that it was the end of his career and an era. But just over a year later, his presidential campaign is making headlines and prompting outrage from the revolutionaries and Mubarak regime opponents who see it as a slap in the face. .. More

Revolutionary Youth Coalition join April 6 calls for 'Self Determination' protest Friday

Others | 13 April 2012
The Revolutionary Youth Coalition (RYC) announced that they will join mass demonstrations initiated by April 6 Youth Movement on 20 April dubbing it "Self Determination Friday", in a press statement Thursday. The youth group added they will not be joining the Muslim Brotherhood protest which is set to take place a week before on 13 Friday... More

Political forces see assembly disbandment as Brotherhood opportunity

Others | 13 April 2012
Following a court ruling this week suspending the Constituent Assembly, the Freedom and Justice Party contacted those who had pulled out of the constitution-drafting body to discuss the creation of a new panel, according to Wahid Abdel Meguid, a former assembly member and the general coordinator of the FJP-led Democratic Alliance... More

SCAF-amended investment law used to reconcile Shebin El Kom

Others | 13 April 2012
A controversial law on investment pushed through by the ruling military council in January is being used to reconcile a dispute between the state and private investors in the Misr Shebin El Kom Spinning and Weaving Company... More

El-Hariri to file appeal against El-Shater with elections commission

Others | 13 April 2012
Presidential contender Abul-Ezz El-Hariri announced that he will file an appeal Wednesday to the Supreme Presidential Elections Commission (SPEC) to exclude Muslim Brotherhood's candidate Khairat El-Shater from running in the upcoming elections... More

Court ruling brings Egypt's constitutional crisis to climax

Others | 12 April 2012
The Supreme Administrative Court on Tuesday suspended Egypt's Constituent Assembly – tasked with drafting a new national charter – after ruling in favour of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the 100-member assembly. The case has now been referred to the State Council, which has the authority to refer it to Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC)... More

Parliament to hold extraordinary session to discuss Mubarak regime members ban

Others | 12 April 2012
Parliament has decided to convene on Wednesday to discuss the draft law that was submitted by MP Essam Sultan of the Wasat Party banning all those who worked under Mubarak in the last ten years of his rule in leadership positions or the dissolved National Democratic Party from assuming the office of president, vice president or prime minister for 10 years as of Mubarak’s resignation on 11 February 2011... More

April 6 Youth Movement calls for million-man protest on 20 April

Others | 12 April 2012
The April 6 Youth Movement on Tuesday called on all Egyptians citizens, parties and groups to take part in a mass demonstration on 20 April in Tahrir Square and other gathering places around Egypt in protest of "the consecutive crises" and the failing policies of the country's leadership... More

Amendment stripping president of right to refer civilians to military trials approved

Others | 12 April 2012
The People’s Assembly on Tuesday approved in principle the amendment of certain provisions of the Code of Military Justice, abolishing Article 6 that gives the president the right to refer civilians to military tribunals if a state of emergency is declared... More

Parliamentary panel agrees to cancel campaign silence in presidential elections

Others | 12 April 2012
The Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee of the People's Assembly agreed Tuesday to amend Article 20 of the law on presidential elections. The amendment cancels the campaign silence period of 48 hours before the voting. MP Sameh Makram said the campaign silence law was not enforced on the ground, so it is illogical to leave a law that is violated by the people... More

Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court suspends embattled Constituent Assembly

Others | 11 April 2012
The Supreme Administrative Court blocked Egypt's constituent assembly Tuesday after ruling in favour of a recent lawsuit questioning the constitutionality of the formation of the 100-member constituent assembly. The case was referred to the Commissioner's Office at State Council, which would then have the authority to move the lawsuit to Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC)... More

Qena sees in Suleiman its first homegrown ruler since the pharaohs

Others | 11 April 2012
Presidential hopeful Omar Suleiman has in the last few days garnered wide support from citizens in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Qena, where he was born. Eyewitnesses told Egypt Independent that banners with the image of Suleiman have begun to be hung in various villages across the tribally dominated governorate... More

SCAF denies denouncing MP's proposed amendment to presidency law

Others | 11 April 2012
A military source denied media and internet reports that Egypt's ruling generals denounced a draft amendment that would deny Mubarak regime figures the right to run the upcoming presidential election, state-run news agency MENA reported... More

University security releases student who touted anti-military activist’s seminar

Others | 11 April 2012
Security agents at Suez Canal University in Ismailia released on Tuesday a student who had given out pamphlets about a seminar attended by activist blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah. Mohamed Mohsen was released after hours in detention after he distributed invitations for the student-run seminar on the future of student movements... More

April 6 calls for tripartite team of revolutionary candidates

Others | 11 April 2012
The April 6 Youth Movement has called on presidential candidates Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh, Khaled Ali and Hamdeen Sabbahi to form a team to face candidates they called remnants of the former Mubarak regime and “supporters of Israel," according to a Tuesday report in Al-Masry Al-Youm... More

Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court suspends embattled Constituent Assembly

Others | 10 April 2012
The Supreme Administrative Court blocked Egypt's constituent assembly Tuesday after ruling in favour of a recent lawsuit questioning the constitutionality of the formation of the 100-member constituent assembly. The case was referred to the Commissioner's Office at State Council, which would then have the authority to move the lawsuit to Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC)... More

New blast hits Egypt gas pipeline serving Jordan, Israel

Others | 10 April 2012
CAIRO ­­— An explosion hit the Egyptian pipeline carrying gas to Israel and Jordan on Monday for 14th time since the uprising against President Hosni Mubarak began last year, security sources said. The blast took place in North Sinai at the entrance of the Mediterranean coastal town Arish. Residents in the city told Reuters they had heard the sound of the explosion... More

Bothaina Kamel says she has no regrets over dropping out of race

Others | 10 April 2012
Presidential hopeful Bothaina Kamel said she does not regret failing to collect the necessary signatures for her presidential candidacy, thereby dropping out of the race. "They were the best months of my life,” she said on her Facebook page, pointing to the period from her candidacy announcement until she pulled out... More

AUC rejects National Security Agency's accusations of incitement

Others | 10 April 2012
The American University in Cairo strongly rejects claims by the head of the National Security Agency that the school practices “suspicious” activities and incited the violence on Mohamed Mahmoud Street and at the cabinet sit-in at the end of last year, the university said in a Sunday statement... More

Ayman Nour: Ruling disqualifying my presidential bid is invalid

Others | 10 April 2012
Saturday's court ruling disqualifying Ayman Nour’s presidential bid is invalid and contains unprecedented legal errors, Nour said Sunday. He vowed to appeal the ruling and continue his run for president... More

Parliament rejects proposal to cancel women's right to divorce

Others | 10 April 2012
The People's Assembly’s Proposals and Complaints Committee has rejected a draft law proposing the cancellation of khula divorces, state-run news agency MENA said Sunday. The bill, which had been proposed by independent MP Mohamed al-Omda, the deputy head of the committee, would outlaw the Islamic practice of khula, which grants a woman the right to get a divorce in court if she pays her husband back their marriage settlement... More