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Bill proposes amnesty for Mubarak-era political detainees

Others | 19 April 2012
A People’s Assembly committee on Wednesday approved in principle a bill that would grant comprehensive amnesty to people suspected or convicted of political charges under toppled President Hosni Mubarak. The proposed pardon, approved by the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee, would apply to convictions handed down between 6 October 1981 — the date of Anwar al-Sadat’s assassination — and 11 February 2011, when Mubarak resigned... More

Egypt's barred presidential candidates react to decision

Others | 19 April 2012
Egypt's Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission (SPEC) announced Tuesday its final decision to disqualify ten candidates from the presidential race, including the Salafist Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail, Muslim Brotherhood Deputy Leader Khairat El-Shater and Mubarak's former intelligence chief Omar Suleiman... More

Sandstorm disrupts road, maritime and air traffic

Others | 19 April 2012
Bad weather in Cairo and several other governorates has severely reduced visibility, disrupted maritime navigation and slowed down traffic. The Egyptian Meteorological Authority on Wednesday warned of bad weather conditions, saying sandstorms are expected to rage and calling on drivers to be cautious... More

Electoral commission upholds ban on 10 presidential candidates

Others | 19 April 2012
The Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission (SPEC) has officially barred 10 contenders from running in upcoming presidential elections, according to Egypt's state news agency, MENA. Tuesday's decision confirms this past weekend's initial disqualification.. More

Activist group: Hasty constitution writing could bring chaos

Others | 19 April 2012
The National Association for Change warned Tuesday against impulsiveness in drafting the country’s new constitution or circumventing the court ruling that suspended the panel tasked with writing it... More

Pro-Mubarak group releases e-book on his 'unprecedented achievements'

Others | 18 April 2012
The ‘Ana Asaf ya Rayas’ (We are sorry Mr President) Facebook pagehas launched an electronic book that detailed the achievements of ousted president Hosni Mubarak... More

Port Said trial starts amidst disruptions, calls for new charges

Others | 18 April 2012
Judges overseeing the Port Said football disaster trial postponed the case until May to listen to eyewitnesses. The first session of the trial was twice adjourned on Tuesday when defendants, who deny any role in the disaster, began yelling from inside their cage... More

Egypt's military takes bigger role in constitution

Others | 18 April 2012
Egypt's ruling military has inserted a new element of confusion even as Egypt tries to sort out turmoil surrounding its upcoming presidential elections. The generals now insist a new constitution be written before a new president is seated, a rushed timeframe that some fear may prolong their hold on power... More

SCAF member rejects referring military cases to civilian courts

Others | 18 April 2012
A member of the ruling military council on Tuesday rejected suggestions that military judiciary cases be transferred to civilian courts, describing the demand as an infringement on the jurisdiction of military courts. .. More

Sabbahi: Elections should not be delayed over constitution-writing crisis

Others | 18 April 2012
Postponing the presidential election until the body writing the new constitution finishes its work is unacceptable under any circumstance, said presidential hopeful Hamdeen Sabbahi Tuesday... More

Protesters demand release of kidnapped activist

Others | 17 April 2012
Protesters on Monday called for the release of an activist they say has been kidnapped by the police. Around 40 people gathered on the steps of the Public Prosecutor’s Office and chanted against the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces and the Interior Ministry, who they allege kidnapped activist Mohamed Fahmy... More

Despite Islamist misgivings, Egyptians turn out in droves for Sham El-Nasim

Others | 17 April 2012
At 10am, the Egyptian zoo in Giza – one of the most popular venues for Sham El-Nasim celebrations – was already packed. Lines of visitors stood waiting to buy tickets, chatting happily with one another as they awaited their turn to enter the garden... More

Moussa: Constitution difficult to write amid polarization

Others | 17 April 2012
Presidential hopeful Amr Moussa warned Sunday against prolonging an interim period that he said was marked by confused choices. He emphasized the need to conduct the presidential election as scheduled. On his Twitter account, the former Arab League secretary general said holding the election as scheduled for 23 and 24 May is vital. Failing to hold the election would have dangerous consequences, particularly from an economic viewpoint, he said... More

ElBaradei slams Tantawi's calls for new constitution before elections

Others | 17 April 2012
Mohamed ElBaradei, former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and one-time presidential hopeful, has blasted recent calls by Hussein Tantawi, head of Egypt's ruling military council, to draft a new Egyptian constitution before presidential elections are held next month... More

Egyptian delegation heads to Washington for IMF, World Bank meetings

Others | 17 April 2012
Egyptian finance officials are joining their global counterparts in Washington this week as they gather for the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank... More

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