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Mahienour al-Masry and Twelve Other Activists Detained in Alexandria

[Mahienour al-Masry. Photo from almasryalyoum.com]

The Free Egyptians Party and the Socialist Popular Alliance Party called Saturday for a demonstration in front of the High Court at 5:00 pm to protest the detention of Mahienour al-Masry and twelve other activists in Alexandria. In a Facebook post, the two parties said that the protest will be in solidarity with the activists. Former MP Bassem Kamel said in a statement, "For whoever doesn't know Mahienour al-Masry, she is one of Alexandria's bravest revolutionaries. ...

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Please Help Keep Egypt Independent

[Egypt Independent logo. Source: Egypt Independent official Facebook page]

Dear friends, After working hard for four years on developing Egypt Independent as a leading local independent English-language publication, we were notified by Al-Masry Al-Youm's management last month that our newspaper, in both its online and print forms, can no longer continue to exist due to financial difficulties. This decision comes at a time when private media is suffering greatly from the current economic crisis in the country, but also, and more ...

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Ahram Online Editor Says Brotherhood Drove Him out of Institution

[Hani Shukrallah. Photo by Hossam el-Hamalawy]

Prominent journalist Hani Shukrallah said the current Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated administration of the country’s flagship paper Al-Ahram has driven him out of the institution. In a note published on his Facebook page, Shukrallah — the former editor-in-chief of English-language website Ahram Online — said, “The deed is done: the MB has now fulfilled its resolve to drive me out of Ahram.” Shukrallah added that the Brotherhood administration of the institution ...

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Update: Thousands Converge on Tahrir for Opposition Protests

[Clashes between the protesters and Egyptian police forces during the Mohamed Mahmoud remembrance on November 19th. Image originally posted to Flickr by Moud Barthez.]

Tens of thousands gathered Friday in Tahrir Square, the birthplace of the 25 January revolution that ousted President Hosni Mubarak last February. They chanted slogans against President Mohamed Morsy, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Constituent Assembly. All marches from different parts of Cairo converged in the square by sunset. Marches started at different squares and neighborhoods from Giza, Sayeda Zeinab, Mohandiseen, Shubra, Dokki, Al-Azhar, Talaat Harb Street, ...

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Elections Commission: Morsy is President

[Mohamed Mursi supporters in Tahrir Square. Image originally posted to Flickr by Zeinab Mohamed.]

The Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsy will be Egypt’s next president, the Presidential Elections Commission (PEC) announced on Sunday. Morsy will be Egypt's first civilian president since the foundation of the modern republic. Morsy took 51.73 percent of the vote, compared to Ahmed Shafiq's 48.27 percent, Farouq Sultan, the head of the PEC, said. 26.4 million of Egypt's 50.95 million eligible voters cast ballots. Nearly one million votes were counted as invalid. The ...

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Elections Commission to Announce Presidential Poll Result on Sunday at Three Pm

[Supporters celebrate Mohamed Morsi's initial victory in the Egyptian presidential elections. Image originally posted to Flickr by Zeinab Mohamed.]

The results of the presidential election will be announced on Sunday at three pm, Presidential Elections Commission Secretary General Hatem Bagato said Saturday. Bagato said in a statement that Farouk Sultan, head of the PEC, will be the person who will announce the result at a press conference on Sunday. Earlier on Saturday, Sultan said that no date has been set by the commission to announce the results of the elections, state owned news agency MENA ...

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SCAF Expands Its Power with Constitutional Amendments

[Flyers for the second round of presidential elections. Image originally posted to Flickr by Johnathan Rashad.]

As vote counting got underway in the second and final round of Egypt's presidential election, the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) issued amendments to the Constitutional Declaration that will limit the powers of the coming president and expand the military's role, notably giving it a heavy influence over the writing of the country's next constitution. The amended Article 60 gives the SCAF the power to potentially appoint a Constituent Assembly to write the next ...

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Sabbahi To Seek Election Suspension, Cites Voting Irregularities

[A woman putting her finger in the ink bottle. Image originally posted to Flickr by Nehal El-Sherif.]

Hamdeen Sabbahi will file a lawsuit calling for the suspension of Egypt's presidential election because of alleged voting irregularities and a pending case over the right of former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq to stand, Sabbahi's lawyer said Saturday. Sabbahi is a leftist presidential candidate who did not make it into the run-offs by a very small margin. "We will present an appeal on behalf of candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi ... to the Presidential Elections Commission, ...

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Vote Counting Begins in Historic Egypt Election

[Inside a polling station in Mahalla. Image originally posted to Flickr by Nehal El-Sherif.]

Following two days of voting, vote counting began Thursday at nine pm in the election that will determine Egypt’s next president. Unless one of the thirteen candidates achieves more than fifty percent of the vote, runoff elections are expected for 16 and 17 June. Polls conducted before voting began varied widely, with the election appearing to be a toss-up between five leading candidates. The results are still extremely preliminary because votes are being counted and ...

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Election Day Violations Widespread But Relatively Minor

[Egyptian voters argue with a solider as they wait cast ballots in Basateen a southern suburb of Cario, Egypt on May 23, 2012. Image by Pete Muller/AP Photo.]

On the first day of Egypt’s first post-Hosni Mubarak presidential election, violations of electoral laws and fair practices are occurring sporadically across the country. Some campaigns are violating the legally mandated period of campaigning silence, but thus far, no evidence of vote rigging and vote buying has been documented. During the parliamentary elections, violations of the campaign-silence period were widespread. Parties sent mass text messages encouraging ...

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Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria, Aged 89, Has Died

[Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria. Image from Demotix.]

Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria died on Saturday, aged 89, after a long struggle with disease, church sources told Al-Masry Al-Youm. The Coptic Orthodox Church has announced a state of mourning, adding that it will start the burial sermons after the arrival of all the bishops of the Coptic Church from all over Egypt and abroad. Last week, conflicting reports surfaced regarding the health of the Pope Shenouda III. Church officials denied that the health of the Church’s ...

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