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Church threatens to withdraw from Constituent Assembly over Sharia article

Others | 6 July 2012
The Coptic Orthodox Church threatened to withdraw its Constituent Assembly representatives Wednesday over concerns the new constitution will not represent minorities. .. More

Brotherhood may be avoiding pledge for representative cabinet

Others | 6 July 2012
With the swearing-in ceremony of Mohamed Morsy last week, executive powers were transferred from the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to Egypt’s first democratically elected president — a milestone set to be followed by the appointment of a new Cabinet. .. More

Abouel Fotouh vows Morsy will be toppled if he favors Brotherhood

Others | 6 July 2012
Political forces will take to the streets to topple President Mohamed Morsy if he shows any bias toward the Muslim Brotherhood at the expense of other groups, vowed former presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh during a TV interview Wednesday. .. More

Islamist parties debate nominees for minister posts

Others | 6 July 2012
The search for a prime minister is still ongoing 10 days after Mohamed Morsy was officially declared president. The Salafi Nour Party has proposed a technocrat for the post, and requested that Morsy assign the ministries of communications, industry and endowments to the party... More

Islamists debate role of Sharia in constitution

Others | 6 July 2012
Al-Azhar Grand Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayyeb headed a meeting comprised of Constituent Assembly members from Al-Azhar, Salafi groups and the Muslim Brotherhood as well as a number of scholars to discuss Article 2 of the constitution and Sharia Law, state-run news service MENA reported on Wednesday. .. More

Tahrir empty of Brotherhood, full of frustration with the group

Others | 5 July 2012
After days of being packed with protesters, mainly from the Muslim Brotherhood, Tahrir Square is now almost empty. The Brotherhood joined the small number of vendors and tents already in the square on Friday, 22 June, in protest at the addendum to the Constitutional Declaration released by Egypt's ruling body, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), which gave the military council – critics say – unfettered powers at the expense of the president... More

Salafi preacher rejects Coptic or female VP

Others | 5 July 2012
A senior Salafi preacher rejected on Tuesday the possibility that the next vice president would be a Copt or woman, although President Mohamed Morsy's advisers have said he would choose deputies from both of those groups. .. More

Ex-presidential contender Abul-Fotouh to launch 'Strong Egypt' party

Others | 5 July 2012
Former presidential candidate Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh plans to launch a new political party called the 'Strong Egypt Party,' to be announced in the next few days, Abul-Fotouh campaign spokeswomman Doaa Fattouh told Ahram Online. .. More

Jama’a al-Islamiya calls on president to release 34 political prisoners

Others | 4 July 2012
Secretary General of the Jama’a al-Islamiya’s Construction and Development Party Alaa Abul Nasr said that they called on President Mohamed Morsy to intervene to release 34 political prisoners held in Aqrab and Minya prisons. .. More

EgyptAir stewards battle for right to grow beards

Others | 4 July 2012
EgyptAir is facing a legal case brought by several of its cabin crew that would allow them to sport beards at work. The national carrier, along with many other airlines, prohibits stewards from wearing facial hair, saying it prefers to have 'clean cut' staff in direct contact with passengers... More

Nour Party denies demanding education post in Cabinet

Others | 3 July 2012
The spokesperson of the Salafi-oriented Nour Party has denied reports that it demanded to oversee education in President Mohamed Morsy’s Cabinet, dismissing the allegations as press speculations. .. More

FJP newspaper typo cites Mubarak as president

Others | 3 July 2012
The Freedom and Justice Party’s official newspaper made a bizarre typo on its fourth page on Sunday, in an article published under the title "Legitimacy goes to parliament." In the report, a statement by MP Sheikh Sayed Askar reads, “President Hosni Mubarak’s invitation to all members of Parliament…”, while it was intended to read “President Mohamed Morsy." .. More

Unveiled sentiments; Rows at a Brotherhood conference for women

Others | 3 July 2012
On Thursday 28 June, an internet-based group of women organised a meeting between politicians from the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) and hundreds eager to meet them. The evening was well-organised and well-attended - or so it seemed! .. More

Coptic Christian emigres fear for Egypt’s future

Others | 2 July 2012
In a summer camp playroom at St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church in Fairfax, several dozen teenagers shrieked and giggled as they scrambled playing musical chairs. Then they gathered for a patriotic hymn in their native Arabic. “God save our country,” they sang. “Protect us from evil. . . We have no hope but You.” .. More

Dubai police chief says he received phone threats from Brothers

Others | 2 July 2012
Dubai Police Chief Dahi Khalfan said on Twitter Sunday that he has received 1,500 phone calls from purported members of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood. .. More

Rached Al-Ghannouchi: Morsi victory announces death of Mubarak regime

Others | 2 July 2012
"I cannot afford not to be in Egypt at this time to witness this historic moment, when the president of the biggest Arab country comes from Tahrir Square, the home of the Arab Spring," Rached Al-Ghannouchi, leader Tunisia 's Islamist Ennahda Party, said today. .. More

Israel on the doorstep of a new Islamic Republic

Others | 2 July 2012
It's official: the Muslim Brotherhood has taken control of Egypt, or will do so in the very near future. To the consternation of many throughout the region, Egypt's election commission on Sunday announced that Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Morsi would be the next president of the largest and most powerful Arab state... More

Salafis in Sinai hold conference on 'post-revolution aspirations'

Others | 2 July 2012
The Salafi Dawah in Rafah celebrated the presidential victory of Mohamed Morsy on Saturday by holding a conference to outline the demands and recommendations of Sinai residents. .. More

Brotherhood member nominated for agriculture minister

Others | 2 July 2012
Mohamed Taha Wahdan, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Guidance Bureau and a professor of agriculture at Suez Canal University, has been nominated for the post of agriculture minister in the new cabinet, sources within the Agriculture Ministry said Sunday. .. More

Egypt Islamist president faces huge economic challenges

Others | 29 June 2012
The major challenge facing Egypt's president-elect Mohamed Morsi will be how to redress the downward spiral of the country's battered economy which relies heavily on tourism, analysts say. .. More

Morsy to newspapers: Egypt won't be a Brotherhood state

Others | 29 June 2012
It is impossible to turn Egypt into a Muslim Brotherhood state, said President-elect Mohamed Morsy during his meeting with local newspapers’ editors-in-chief on Thursday. The country will preserve its national character without being controlled by a particular political faction, he added. .. More