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Abu-Ismail calls for boycott of SCAF meeting

Others | 3 May 2012
Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail, the Salafist disqualified from Egypt's presidential race due to his mother's US citizenship, has called on political parties to boycott Wednesday's scheduled meeting with the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) after at least five of his supporters were killed at a protest outside the Defence Ministry in Abbasiya overnight... More

Presidential hopeful El-Hariri: Brotherhood pushing for 'military coup'

Others | 3 May 2012
Egyptian presidential candidate Abul-Ezz El-Hariri, who is running on the Socialist Popular Alliance Party's ticket, slammed recent moves by Parliament Speaker Saad El-Katatni on Tuesday, accusing the Muslim Brotherhood – of which El-Katatni is a leading member – of encouraging a "military coup." .. More

Rise of Muslim Brotherhood frays Saudi-Egypt ties

Others | 2 May 2012
Saudi Arabia frets that Egypt, its strongest Arab ally and a major recipient of Saudi funding, is falling under what it sees as the baleful influence of the Muslim Brotherhood... More

Nour Party leader criticizes Abu Ismail supporters' protest

Others | 2 May 2012
A leader from the Salafi-oriented Nour Party on Tuesday criticized a gathering organized by supporters of disqualified presidential hopeful Hazem Salah Abu Ismail, who are protesting the decision to exclude him from the race... More

Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya to endorse Abul-Fotouh for presidency

Others | 1 May 2012
Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya has announced its official endorsement of the moderate Islamist presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Abul-Fotouh on Monday, following a final vote count amongst the group's Shura council members... More

Morsy: FJP would secure jobs for 2 million in 4 years

Others | 1 May 2012
Many investors are waiting for the end of the presidential election to pump investments into Egypt worth LE200 billion, Muslim Brotherhood candidate for president Mohamed Morsy said Sunday. "There have been official communications between the Freedom and Justice Party and 15 world firms to boost Egypt's economy and secure 2 million job opportunities," Morsy said during a campaign rally at Minya Sporting Club... More

14 candidates run for the Christian Coptic papal seat

Others | 1 May 2012
Maged Riyad, legal consultant to the Coptic Orthodox Church in United States, announced in a press conference in Cairo on Sunday that 14 bishops and priests nominated themselves for the papal chair. Elections for the new pope are expected to take place in September. Riyad stated that Christian Copts outside Egypt will have a strong influence in choosing the new pope, especially the widespread churches in the US, Canada and Europe... More

Clashes in Abbasseya cause injuries, disrupt traffic

Others | 1 May 2012
Clashes broke out between protesters and unidentified thugs in front of the Defense Ministry on Monday. The clashes erupted after a group of thugs blocked the street in front of Nour Mosque and prevented passers-by from reaching the location of the sit-in. The thugs hurled rocks at cars while the protesters attempted to reopen the road, fueling clashes... More

Nour Party endorses Abouel Fotouh for president

Others | 30 April 2012
The Salafi Nour Party announced its official endorsement of presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh Saturday evening. Nour Party authorities arrived at the decision to support Abouel Fotouh after voting during a meeting on Saturday, according to a Nour Party source. Among the top-ranking members, he said, eight of the eleven supported Abouel Fotouh, the remaining three were in favor of candidate Mohamed Selim al-Awa... More

Brotherhood MP calls for presidential 'team' in face of former regime candidates

Others | 30 April 2012
A Freedom and Justice Party MP has called for the formation of a presidential "team" of candidates to thwart what he described as a scheme by Mubarak regime members to return to the political scene... More

Attack on church services in Nigeria kills around 20

Others | 30 April 2012
Attackers armed with bombs and guns opened fire at church services at a Nigerian university on Sunday, killing around 20 people as worshippers tried to flee, witnesses and officials said. Explosions and gunfire rocked Bayero University in the northern city of Kano, with witnesses reporting that two church services were targeted as they were being held on campus... More

Martyrdom and the Coptic Church

Others | 30 April 2012
The first recorded martyrdom of a churchman was of a priest named Stephanos from Upper Egypt, whose death caused a painful setback for the church, and led to the dispersal of its members. However, the dispersal led Christian preachers to travel to distant places and spread their faith. .. More

Salafist Shura Council holds meeting with Islamist presidential hopefuls to decide on candidate

Ahmed Sobh | 30 April 2012
The Salafist Scholar Shura Council met on Saturday with current Islamist presidential hopefuls to discuss their programmes and decide accordingly whom to back in forthcoming elections. This is the third of such meetings the council has conducted... More

Salafis divided over whom to support in presidential vote

Others | 27 April 2012
Divisions have surfaced among Egyptian Salafis over whom to back in the upcoming presidential elections, scheduled to take place on 23 and 24 May... More

Brotherhood's Mursi promises national 'renaissance' at Alex campaign rally

Others | 27 April 2012
Thousands of Alexandrians turned out on Monday evening to support Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate Mohamed Mursi in Egypt's coastal second city... More

Young Brotherhood members suggest consensus over single presidential candidate

Others | 27 April 2012
The young members of the Muslim Brotherhood, including the “Brotherhood Cry” group, have launched an initiative to reach a national consensus over a single presidential candidate... More

Egypt Christians hold mass in memory of late Pope Shenouda III

Others | 27 April 2012
Masses to mark 40 days since the death of Pope Shenouda III will take place Wednesday at Cairo's Abbassiya Cathedral and the St Bishoy Monastery in Wadi El-Natroun where the pope is buried. The cathedral hosted a memorial service for the pope on Tuesday attended by political leaders, members of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), MPs, and heads of political parties... More

The risk to Copts is moving away from a civil state in the coming constitution: Karima Kamal

Others | 27 April 2012
Sectarian tensions can explode triggered by one of two things: a relationship between a Copt and a Muslim, or building a Church. Journalist and writer Karima Kamal's new book, Copts’ Personal Status Law (Al-Ahwal Al-Shakhseya lil Akbat), explores many of the hidden stories behind sectarian tensions, tackling both solutions and challenges... More

With main candidate out, Brotherhood throws weight behind Morsy

Others | 26 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

Nour Party leader criticizes Abu Ismail supporters' protest

Others | 26 April 2012
A leader from the Salafi-oriented Nour Party on Tuesday criticized a gathering organized by supporters of disqualified presidential hopeful Hazem Salah Abu Ismail, who are protesting the decision to exclude him from the race... More

Islamist vote blowing in the wind, as Abu-Ismail and El-Shater exit race

Others | 26 April 2012
After the exclusion of Hazem Abu-Ismail and Khairat El-Shater, two strong Islamist candidates, from the first presidential elections after the January 25 Revolution set for May, the Supreme Presidential Electoral Committee has now rejected the candidates’ petition against their exclusion from the race, leaving the race for the powerful Islamist vote in Egypt wide open... More