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Osman El Sharnoubi

Egypt Political Forces Call for Mass 'Eyes of Freedom' Rally Friday

[Clashes between protesters and security forces on November 21st. Image originally posted to Flickr by Zeinab Mohamed.]

President Mohamed Morsi's Thursday constitutional declaration has prompted Egyptian political forces that had been planning to commemorate last year's Mohamed Mahmoud clashes with mass protests on Friday to fine-tune their demands. Over thirty political groups had planned to take part in Friday's protests – dubbed 'Eyes of Freedom' in reference to the many protesters who lost eyes in the clashes – to articulate three main demands. Those demands included the dismissal of ...

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Electoral Violations Mar Egypt's Presidential Runoff

[Egyptians went to vote in the second round of presidential elections on June 16. Image originally posted to Flickr by Johnathan Rashad.]

The first day of Egypt's presidential runoff has seen substantive reports of electoral violations on both sides of the divisive race. The supporters of Mubarak-era premier Ahmed Shafiq and the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Mursi have both found themselves accused of trying to garner votes in underhanded ways. Reported practices range from outright vote-buying and herding citizens to polling stations, to violating bans on promoting candidates on polling day and arranging ...

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