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Egypt Media Roundup (April 16)

[Anti-Omar Suleiman posters in the streets of Cairo. Image from] [Anti-Omar Suleiman posters in the streets of Cairo. Image from]


[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Egypt and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Egypt Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to by Sunday night of every week.]


“Letter from Cairo: The scarecrow and the test balloon”
Sonia Farid examines the elimination of Hazem Abu Ismail and Omar Suleiman from the presidential race.

“Egypt Islamists fill Tahrir to protest Mubarak figures' presidential bids” 
Thousands of Islamist supporters gather at Tahrir Square on Friday after calls by the Muslim Brotherhood for a million-person march to protect the revolution.

“Three major contenders out of Egypt presidential race”
The High Electoral Commission disqualifies frontrunner candidates Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail, Omar Suleiman, Khairat El-Shater and seven others from running in the presidential race.

“Tantawi wants new constitution drafted before SCAF hands power on 30 June”
SCAF discusses a new constitutional declaration with advisory council in an attempt to restart the constitution drafting process.

“Ben-Eliezer says Israel will have to start talks with Brotherhood”
Knesset Member says that the Muslim Brotherhood is a rising power in the region and Israel has to engage it.

“Your Guide To The Egyptian Elections”
The Big Pharoah gives his opinion about prominent presidential candidates.

“Suleiman for president: Old battle lines redrawn”
Reem Abou-El-Fadl criticizes the nomination of Omar Suleiman for president and the developing political conditions favoring the counter-revolution stream.

“The labour movement and the future of democracy in Egypt”
Mark LeVine and Amor Eletrebi situate Egypt’s labor movements in ongoing battles over the future of Egypt.

“Draft Law for the Nationalization of Civil Society and Transforming it into a Government Institution”
A joint press release of twenty-five human rights organization condemning a government proposed law seeking to nationalize civil society.

“In Translation: Hamlet Abu Ismail”
A translation of Amr Ezzat’s piece on the scandal involving allegations that Hazem Abu-Ismail’s mother holds dual citizenship.

“Al-Shater's economic policies may attract US support, say experts”
The US is allegedly falling for the pro-market economy rhetoric adopted by Muslim Brotherhood’s presidential candidate Khairat Al-Shater.

“Egypt MPs challenge Suleiman presidency bid”
The Parliament passed legislation barring former officials who served under Mubarak from running for president.

“Egypt's presidency: The revolution within the Ikhwan”
Larbi Sadiki argues that the Muslim Brotherhood’s nomination of Khairat Al-Shater aims to challenge SCAF.

“Abol Fotoh struggles to keep focus on platform and away from voter polarization”
Abo El-Fotouh presents his political and economic platform amid continuing volatility in the political arena.

“Profile: Kamal al-Helbawy, a defector of conscience”
Former member of the Muslim Brotherhood Kamal Al-Helbawy talks about his opinion of the organization and the current political situation in Egypt.

“The armed forces has no presidential candidate, says Tantawi”
Tantawi rebuffs speculations that the army is tacitly supporting Omar Suleiman’s candidacy for president.

“Islamic forces vow to stand against Omar Suleiman”
Salafis and Muslim Brotherhood speak out against Omar Suleiman’s decision to run in the presidential elections.

“Presidential Elections Commission ready to apply law banning former regime figures”
Elections Commission official says the law barring Mubarak-era officials from running in the elections will be applied if passed.

“Egypt's Copts face tough choices in looming presidential elections”
Christian voters concerned about recent death of Pope Shenouda and fears of increasing Islamist influence.

In Arabic:

“إخوان عمر سليمان!”
Ibrahim Eissa discusses Omar Suleiman’s bid for presidency and the Muslim Brotherhood’s attempt to take advantage of the situation

“الأحد المقبل.. طنطاوي يجتمع مع الأحزاب والبرلمان لإعادة تشكيل التأسيسية”
Field Marshal Mohamed Tantawi continues to drive the effort to resolve the Constituent Assembly crisis by meeting with political parties

“هزيمة ثقيلة للإخوان المسلمين فى انتخابات جامعة عين شمس”
The Muslim Brotherhood loses student elections to independents at Ain Shams University.

“«المحاسبات»: «الداخلية» تستثمر 711 مليون جنيه من أموال «الصناديق» فى البنوك”
The Central Auditing Agency found that the Ministry of the Interior was illegally investing funds. 

الشروق تنشر الأسباب الكاملة لاستبعاد المرشحين العشرة من سباق الرئاسة”
A recap of the justifications the High Electoral Commission offered in regard to disqualifying ten presidential candidates 


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