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'Nose job' Salafist MP apologises for 'lies' in People's Assembly

Others | 20 April 2012
Al-Nour Party MP Anwar El-Balkimy, who became known as "Nose job" Salafist MP, apologised on-air in today's session of the People's Assembly — Egypt's lower house of parliament — for lying about alleged facial injuries in March. He claimed he was victim of a violent attack while the truth was he underwent plastic surgery on his nose... More

New Brotherhood candidate for Egypt vote may struggle

Others | 20 April 2012
The man thrust unexpectedly into the limelight as the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate to lead Egypt is a mild-mannered figure whose low public profile may leave him struggling against more forceful rivals vying for the votes of Islamists and others... More

Calls for protest against Egypt's Grand Mufti for visiting Jerusalem

Others | 20 April 2012
A number of of Al-Azhar students and political activists called for a protest Friday in front of Al-Azhar's administrative office after Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa made a rare visit to Jerusalem Wednesday for the inauguration of the Imam Ghazali chair of Islamic studies under the auspices of the Jordanian Al-Bayt Foundation... More

Shater warns of extended military rule and worsening economy

Others | 20 April 2012
Muslim Brotherhood leader Khairat al-Shater shrugged off his disqualification from the presidential race as “a crime,” accusing the ruling military junta of interfering with the presidential election process and stalling “a genuine” handover of power to civilians... More

Former Brotherhood leader prays group will lose presidential race

Others | 19 April 2012
A former Muslim Brotherhood supreme guide said Tuesday he is praying that the Brotherhood’s presidential bid will fail. .. More

With main candidate out, Brotherhood throws weight behind Morsy

Others | 19 April 2012
The Muslim Brotherhood has announced that Mohamed Morsy, chairman of its Freedom and Justice Party, will replace former deputy Supreme Guide Khairat al-Shater as its candidate for the presidential election slated for May... More

El-Shater's presidential ban 'scandalous political plan', says Brotherhood

Others | 19 April 2012
The head of the legal committee for the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) declared Tuesday on their official webpage ikhwanonline.com, that the legal status of their presidential hopeful Khairat El-Shater was sound and described his elimination from the presidential race as a "scandalous political plan.".. More

Brotherhood denies making proposal for consensus on presidency

Others | 19 April 2012
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood on Tuesday denied news reports that group leader Mohamed Badie had proposed an initiative to open talks with all Egyptian political orientations in an effort to reach consensus on a single presidential candidate and on the reformulation of the constituent assembly tasked with drafting a new constitution... More

Abu Ismail calls US documents proving mother's dual citizenship a 'fraud'

Others | 18 April 2012
Recently disqualified presidential hopeful Hazem Salah Abu Ismail said Monday that the Presidential Elections Commission’s documents proving his mother’s American citizenship are “nonsense and fraudulent,” posting annotated photocopies on his Facebook page... More

Presidential hopeful Abu-Ismail supporters continue sit-in outside electoral commission

Others | 18 April 2012
Hundreds of supporters of presidential hopeful Sheikh Hazem Abu-Ismail began an open ended sit-in on Monday night, insisting that they will not leave until the Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission (SPEC) announces its decision about his appeal... More

Brotherhood businessman urges business to play role in development

Others | 18 April 2012
One month after the regime of former President Hosni Mubarak fell, in March 2011, Hassan Malek was released from jail. He had spent four years and three months in prison, alongside 39 others, including Muslim Brotherhood leader and, until yesterday, presidential candidate Khairat al-Shater, on charges of illegally funding the Muslim Brotherhood, a group that was banned under Mubarak, and for alleged money laundering... More

History of Patriarchs also a history of Egypt

Others | 18 April 2012
Tareekh Al-Batareka (History of the Patriarchs) by Sawiris Ibn El-Mokafaa, verified by Abdel-Aziz Gamaleddin, Cairo: General Organisation for Cultural Palaces (GOCP), 2012. 10 volumes.. More

Muslim Brotherhood to launch chain store

Others | 18 April 2012
Investors affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood plan to launch a chain store in two months, which they expect to acquire a great share of the retail market in Egypt... More

Brotherhood's El-Beltagi slams SCAF meeting with party representatives

Others | 17 April 2012
Muslim Brotherhood MP Mohamed El-Beltagi has condemned Sunday's meeting between military chief Tantawi and party representatives to discuss the constituent assembly. The constitutional crisis "could have been a chance to correct past mistakes" without referring to the military council, he said Monday on his personal Facebook profile... More

99 more Egyptian pilgrims return from Jerusalem

Others | 17 April 2012
Ninety-nine Christian pilgrims returned to Egypt from Jeruslaem on Monday on an Aarsena flight after celebrating Easter... More

Egypt's Copts face tough choices in looming presidential elections

Others | 17 April 2012
It's Easter Sunday, but it's hardly a joyful occasion for Egyptian Copts, who are still mourning the recent loss of their longstanding patriarch, Pope Shenouda III, and eyeing domestic political developments with considerable apprehension... More

Brotherhood MP criticizes Tantawi meeting with party chiefs

Others | 17 April 2012
The Constituent Assembly crisis is an opportunity to reach a consensus on its composition and to avoid previous mistakes, Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed al-Beltagy said Monday. On his Facebook page, Beltagy, who is also a Brotherhood MP, said the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces was wrong to hold a meeting with party leaders Sunday because organizing the drafting of the constitution is Parliament's job... More

Pope Shenouda's absence dampens spirits at Coptic Easter in Egypt

Others | 17 April 2012
Shortly before 9pm on Saturday, dressed-up men, women and children solemnly trickled in through the main entrance of St Mark's Cathedral on Cairo's Ramsis Street to attend this year's Coptic Easter mass. Two dozen police officers were already stationed near the gates, while an army tank stood in the distance flying an Egyptian flag... More

Abu Ismail aims for legal loophole to re-enter race

Others | 13 April 2012
For ecstatic Hazem Salah Abu Ismail supporters outside the State Council yesterday, the Administrative Court’s decision concerning his mother’s nationality is decisive... More

Salafist Front to join Friday's Tahrir protests

Others | 13 April 2012
The Salafist Front has announced plans to participate in mass demonstrations in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday under the slogan, "the only demand - together against the remnants of the former regime"... More

Shater: Abu Ismail ruling 'a victory for Islamists' credibility'

Others | 13 April 2012
Presidential hopeful Khairat al-Shater described the ruling issued on Wednesday by the Cairo Administrative Court on a challenge to Hazem Salah Abu Ismail's presidential campaign as "a victory for the credibility of Islamists.".. More