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Nada Hussein Rashwan

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Opposition Set to March on Presidential Palace Against Morsi Decrees

[The latest protests in Tahrir against Morsi. Set to march towards the Presidential Palace. Image originally posted to Flickr by Mark Fonseca Rendeiro.]

Egyptian opposition parties and revolutionary groups will organise a march to the presidential palace in Heliopolis on Tuesday afternoon to protest the draft constitution, which will be put to national referendum on 15 December. The call was initiated by the National Salvation Front, a recently-formed umbrella group led by former presidential candidates Hamdeen Sabbahi and Amr Moussa, as well as reform campaigner Mohamed ElBaradei, after President Morsi announced the date ...

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Final Stage of Egypt Parliamentary Elections Starts with Some Violations

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Third and final voting stage in Egypt's parliamentary elections witnesses limited turnout, some rule-breaking, and a lower number of Brotherhood candidates. The final stage in Egypt's first post-Mubarak parliamentary elections kicked off on Tuesday morning in nine governorates around the country. Governorates included in the third and final stage of the poll include Qalioubiya, Gharbiya, Daqahliya, Minya, Qena, North Sinai, South Sinai, Al-Wadi Al-Gedid and Marsa ...

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Freedom and Justice Party Slams Early Presidential Elections as "Not the Solution"

[Far right: Mohamed Mursi, head of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP). Image from Reuters]

Responding to proposal aired Tuesday by revolutionary youth groups for January presidential elections, Brotherhood's party warns against foreign "stakeholders." The Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) has rejected a proposal by revolutionary groups that presidential elections be held ahead of schedule in January 2012. In a press release issued on the Muslim Brotherhood’s English website, the party explained that the proposal “fails to appreciate the ...

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Eyewitnesses Recount Horror Stories to Refute SCAF Version of Clampdown

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Political movements, rights watchdogs hold press conference Tuesday to challenge ruling military council's version of bloody events of past 5 days; witnesses tell dark stories of beatings, shootings, and torture by Egyptian army Political groups held a press conference on Tuesday to allow eyewitnesses and rights lawyers to give testimony on the military’s recent crackdown on a sit-in staged in front of the Cabinet building in downtown Cairo since 25 November to demand an ...

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Azhar Cleric Shot Dead While Supporting Protesters, Says His Widow (Includes Video)

[Emad Effat. Image from unknown archive.]

In online video, Nashwa Abdel-Tawab, wife of Azhar cleric killed this weekend by the military, says husband died when army tried to break up Cabinet sit-in by force. The widow of senior Al-Azhar cleric Emad Effat, who was killed this weekend in clashes between security forces and anti-government protesters, appeared in a YouTube video on Sunday in which she said her husband had been protesting outside the Cabinet building in downtown Cairo when he was shot in the chest ...

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Two Leading Politicians Condemn Military Attack on Tahrir, Scold SCAF

[Archive photo of Ayman Nour, former member of the Egyptian Parliament and presidential candidate. Image from Reuters]

Head of Al-Wasat Party resigns from advisory council and former presidential candidate calls on SCAF to leave power immediately. Abul Ela Madi, head of Al-Wasat Party and member of the ruling military junta's (SCAF) advisory council announces his resignation from the council in protest over the violent break-up of the Occupy Cabinet protest by army forces. The advisory council released a statement Friday announcing the suspension of its meetings in protest over the ...

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Egyptian Bloc Faces Off Against Islamists in Next Election Phase

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Liberal coalition is readying itself for the second round of elections after a disappointing third-place showing last week. Official election results show the Egyptian Bloc, a coalition of liberal parties, came third in last week's first phase of parliamentary elections, trailing the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) and the Salafist Al-Nour Party which took first and second places respectively. The head of the Egyptian Higher Elections Committee, Abdel ...

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