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Keep up with all the latest developments in Egypt as unrest continues to cripple the country following the military's removal of Mohamed Morsi as president on July 3.

  • In a separate statement on Saturday, the group acknowledged the death of one of its militants in a shootout with police in Cairo last week.

    Mohamed al-Sayid al-Toukhi was killed in a gun battle with police after they tried to arrest him on suspicion of involvement in January bombing of Cairo police headquarters.

    Toukhi had been imprisoned for three and a half years and resumed his militant activities after leaving prison, the group said in the statement published on Islamist forums.

    It was not clear when Toukhi had been freed.

    [AFP]
  • Egypt's deadliest armed group said one of its founders, who led a deadly 2011 attack in Israel, has been accidentally killed by a bomb.

    Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, which has spearheaded a low-level insurgency against Egyptian soldiers and police, said Tawfiq Mohamed Fareej was killed last week when a car accident set off a bomb he was carrying.

    The group, whose name means Partisans of Jerusalem in Arabic, has claimed some of the deadliest attacks on Egyptian security forces since the army overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last July.

    One of the group's founders, Fareej was the "field commander" of an August 18, 2011 cross-border raid into Israel that killed eight Israelis, the group said in a statement on Friday.

    He also masterminded attacks on a gas pipeline to Israel, said the statement posted on militant Islamist Internet forums.

    Fareej was involved in a failed assassination attempt against the Egyptian interior minister in September.

    Interior minister Mohamed Ibrahim later identified Fareej as the "leader" of Ansar Beit al-Maqdis and said he was involved in the assassination attempt as well as a deadly December bombing of police headquarters.

    The interior ministry itself did not immediately comment on Fareej's reported death.

    The Sinai Peninsula-based group said Fareej "oversaw the group's branch that carried out many operations against the regime of traitors and collaborators."

    The group has claimed a series of high profile attacks in Sinai and elsewhere in Egypt, including bombings of police headquarters and the downing of a military helicopter with a heat-seeking missile.

    [AFP]
  • Friday prayers in Egypt were followed by rallies in cities across the country, in support of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

    They are the first major demonstrations since Egypt's military chief hinted he'd be running for president.

    Zakarya Abdel-Hady, assistant professor of Islamic studies at Qatar University, talks to Al Jazeera about the latest unrest.

    Abdel-Hady said that Morsi was not given enough time to prove himself, adding that the military estrablishment was acting against him.

  • Egypt candidate says workers won't undermine army

    The only official presidential candidate in Egypt's coming April election has said that his campaigners will not undermine the military.

    Hamdeen Sabahi's comments on came Friday as many expect the country's military chief, Field Marshal Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, will announce his candidacy soon.

    Sisi, who led military ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in July, is widely popular and expected to win.

    Sabahi, a leftist politician who came in third in Egypt's 2012 presidential elections, said he will not pull back from the race despite his objections to the country's new elections law, which places the elections commission above judicial review.

    Sabahi also called for the release of political prisoners, some of which are activists who led demonstrators in the country's 2011 revolt. [AP/Photo by EPA]

  • Thousands of people are protesting after Friday prayers across Egypt, in a show of opposition in anticipation of Egypt's military chief, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi saying he will run for president.

    They have been organised by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

    Al Jazeera's Charles Stratford reports.

  • Egyptian presidential hopeful, Hamdin Sabahi, arrives during the Karama party conference in downtown Cairo. Interim president Adly Mansour had said that Egypt will have an "elected" leader in two and a half months, in an interview published by the state-owned Al-Ahram daily. [EPA Photo]

  • Cairo official: Armed men have seized 70 Egyptians in Libyan capital, Tripoli. More details to follow. [AP]
  • Egypt to have 'elected' leader by June

    Interim president Adly Mansour said Egypt will have an "elected" leader in two and a half months, in an interview published on Friday by the state-owned Al-Ahram daily.

    The presidential election is seen as a major milestone in a transitional roadmap outlined by the military-installed authorities for a return to democratic rule after the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July.

    Army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has made no secret of his intention to stand in the election - which is scheduled to be held sometime this spring - but has yet to announce his candidacy officially.

    Since he announced Morsi's ouster on July 3, Sisi has emerged as Egypt's most popular political figure and a nationalist icon, with supporters viewing him as a tough leader who can restore stability after three years of unrest following the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

    "I am telling you with all confidence that two and a half months from now Egypt will have an elected president and I will hand him the decision-making power," Mansour told Al-Ahram.

    [AFP]
  • Ahmed Shafik, one of Egypt's most high profile politicians, has allegedly questioned military chief Abdel Fatah al-Sisi's political aspirations. A pro-Muslim Brotherhood channel leaked the recording, which it says is of the former prime minister. In it, Shafik allegedly says that if Sisi runs for president, the entire election process will be jeopordised. Samer Shehata, an associate professor of eastern politics at the University of Oklahoma, talks to Al Jazeera about the issue.


  • Policemen and members of the investigative team gather at the site of a bomb attack in front of the Israeli embassy in Cairo

    [Reuters] 


  • A home-made bomb exploded in front of the Israeli embassy in Cairo on Tuesday, but no one was hurt, security sources and the website of state-run Al-Ahram newspaper said.

    The office has not been used by Israeli diplomats for at least two years, following a September 2011 attack on the embassy.

    Security sources said the explosion targeted a police car parked nearby, rather than the embassy itself and did not cause any injuries.
    [Reuters]
  • Egyptian police said they arrested a man Monday suspected of carrying out a deadly bomb attack in the capital Cairo, accusing him of having fought with jihadist groups in Syria.

    Since the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July last year,
    militants have launched frequent attacks on police and troops across the country, but particularly in the Sinai Peninsula. [AFP]
  • Three of Egypt's most prominent youth activists were beaten in the courthouse by their guards before a hearing Monday in the appeal of their prison sentence, their lawyer said.

    Ahmed Maher, Ahmed Douma and Mohammed Adel, leading figures in Egypt's 
    2011 uprising, have been imprisoned since being sentenced in December to three years. They were the first activists tried under a controversial protest law enacted late last year, as authorities sought to quell widespread demonstrations.

    The law imposes strict restrictions on any public gathering, and imposes hefty fines and heavy
    sentences for violators. The military-backed government 
    defended it as a measure needed to restore law and order.

    The targeting of high-profile secular activists reverberated among the 
    protest movement, but thousands of other protesters have been detained on similar charges, raising charges that
    authorities are widening their dragnet 
    to include any form of dissent. [AP]

  • Egypt's powerful military chief launched a housing initiative Sunday to build a million homes in cooperation with a major Emirati construction firm, the first campaign-style move by Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, who is widely expected to run for president.

    El-Sisi hasn't made an official announcement yet, but has strongly indicated he would run. The elections expected in April are the first since the military ousted elected Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in July following mass protests against him.

    The housing initiative was announced Sunday on the official Facebook page of Egypt's military spokesman. It said the million homes are dedicated to ``Egypt's youth'' and are a first step to solve the country's housing problem.

    In a signing ceremony later aired on Egyptian television, the head of the military's Corps of Engineers, Maj. Gen. Taher Abdullah Taha, said the initiative is one of the most important projects to solve the housing problems in Egypt and underlines the close cooperation and friendship between Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.

    The UAE, along with Saudi Arabia, have been staunch supporters of the ousting of Morsi and the new military-appointed governments. [AP]


  • Egypt's interim president on Saturday issued a much-anticipated decree governing an upcoming presidential election that clears the way for a vote many expect will be won by the country's military
    chief.

    Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi has not yet officially announced he 
    will run for president, but it is a widely expected move. After the Interim President Adly Mansour's legal adviser, Ali Awad, announced the move on state television, the election commission is expected to set the date for the vote in April,
    opening the door for candidates to run.


    The election is a key step in a transition plan laid out by interim authorities in July after the army ousted President Mohammed Morsi.

    The decree protects the elections commission from legal challenges, a 
    contentious position that had been opposed by one of Egypt's top courts and criticized by potential candidates.

    Awad said that Mansour made the decision after reviewing all legal opinions and after the Cabinet prepared a draft law. He cited the ``nature of the transitional period'' and said it was important to prevent delays for both the presidential and subsequent parliamentary election, which according
    to the constitution must be held no later than the second half of July. [AP]
  • An explosion by a suspected homemade bomb targeting a tram station in eastern Cairo wounded at least one person on Saturday, Egyptian security officials said.

    Since the military ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July,
    militants have stepped up attacks against the security forces in Egypt, killing
    scores of soldiers and policemen.

    However, attacks on civilian targets have been extremely rare. [AFP]

  • UN criticised violence against Egypt protesters:

    A group of 27 countries on the United Nations Human Rights Council expressed concerns on Friday over the Egyptian government's wide-scale use of violence against opposition protesters, the first reprimand from the international body since a bloody crackdown on dissent in the country began.

    The declaration comes after Egyptian security forces forcibly dispersed supporters of toppled Islamist President Mohammed Morsi on August 14, killing hundreds.

    In the UN declaration, the 27 countries, among them the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Turkey, called on the Egyptian government to be held accountable for its actions over the past months, and for any future investigations' findings to be made public.

    We express concern about the restrictions on the rights to peaceful assembly, expression and association, and about the disproportionate use of lethal force by security forces against demonstrators which resulted in large numbers of deaths and injuries. Security forces have a duty to respect the right to peaceful assembly ... even when faced with persistent security challenges.

    [AP]


  • Egypt has welcomed the decision of three Gulf states to withdraw their envoys to Qatar and said its own ambassador "will not return" to the Gulf emirate.

    "The Egyptian ambassador to Doha, who has been in Cairo since the beginning of February, will not return to Qatar at the present time, and his remaining (in Egypt) is a sovereign political decision," the government said.

    "It is for Qatar to clearly determine its position, whether it will stand on the side of Arab solidarity, unified ranks and protection of national security... or on the other side, and bear the consequences and responsibility for that."
    [AFP]
  • An Egyptian court suspended on Thursday the murder trial of Mohamed Morsi after his lawyers requested new judges, sources said, the third case against the ousted president to be put on hold.

    Morsi stands accused of inciting the killing of opposition protesters outside the presidential palace in December 2012.

    Defence lawyers have requested that two of the three judges presiding over the murder trial be replaced, alleging one of them spoke about the case in a media interview.

    An appeals court will examine the request and decide whether to appoint a new panel of judges. It is unclear when the appeals court will look into the request.

    [AFP]
  • According to Al Tahrir, a private newspaper, in a meeting today Egypt's cabinet approved legislation for a presidential election. 

    This will pave the way for an official announcement of the election terms and its date.

  • Al Jazeera's Peter Greste stands inside the defendants' cage [AP]

    The parents of jailed Australian journalist Peter Greste say they are haunted and depressed by images of him caged in an Egyptian court.

    Greste is one of three Al-Jazeera English journalists who appeared in a Cairo court on Wednesday along with 17 other defendants on charges of joining and aiding a terrorist group and endangering national security.

    Greste appeared with other defendants in a cage dock, wearing a white prison uniform.

    His parents Juris and Lois Greste told reporters in their hometown of Brisbane on Thursday that while the public support in the campaign to free their son had lifted their spirits, they were horrified by the images from his court appearance.

    [AP]
  • Al Jazeera disappointed with result of adjourned court case of staff detained in Egypt

    The trial of three Al Jazeera English journalists held for more than two months has been adjourned until March 24. The network continues to call for their release. 

    Al Anstey, managing director of Al Jazeera English, said:

    “We are again disappointed that Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste, and Baher Mohamed were not released from prison today. The charges against our staff are without any substance and totally unjustified, we refute all the allegations labeled against our colleagues.  Mohamed, Peter, and Baher are world-class journalists, and were simply doing the job of journalism covering and challenging all sides of the story in Egypt.

    “To continue to keep them behind bars after such a long time in detention is simply outrageous, so we continue to call for their immediate release. The trial in Egypt is a trial of journalism itself, so we remain resolute in calling for freedom of speech, for the right for people to know, and for the immediate release of all of Al Jazeera’s journalists in detention in Egypt.”



  • A government-appointed panel has blamed supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi for the death of hundreds of people when security forces dispersed a protest camp last August.

    The panel accused pro-Morsi protesters of detaining and torturing residents in the Cairo district where one of the two sit-ins took place, and said that the protesters carried arms and shot at security forces.

    The panel also said security forces failed to give protesters enough time to leave a sit-in during the state's operation to disperse the protest.

    Nasser Amin, a member of the panel, said security forces largely maintained proportionality during the dispersal operation but failed to do so when confronted with heavy gunfire from the protesters.

    [Reuters]
  • Al Jazeera staff on trial in Egypt

  • The trial of Al-Jazeera journalists for supporting the banned Muslim Brotherhood of ousted president Mohamed Morsi resumes on Wednesday in a case that has sparked a global outcry over muzzling of the press.

    The high-profile trial is seen as a test of to what extent Egypt's authorities are prepared to allow freedom of the press, with activists expressing concern about a return to autocratic rule in a  country roiled by political turmoil.

    The trial of the Qatar-based channel's journalists also comes against the backdrop of strained ties between Cairo and Doha, which backed Morsi, and the Brotherhood.

    [AFP]

  • Armed forces chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has sent the clearest signal yet that he will run for president, saying he cannot ignore the demands of the "majority", the state news agency MENA reported on Tuesday.

    Sisi said "official procedures" concerning his candidacy were expected in coming days, speaking at a graduation ceremony at the Cairo war college. 

    "No one who loves his nation and loves Egyptians can ignore the desire of so many of them, or turn his back on their will," said Sisi when asked about his candidacy.

    In his speech, Sisi said Egypt was witnessing difficult times that required the unity of the people, army and police, according to the state news agency MENA.

    "Don't imagine that Egypt can stand up unless we help each other and put our hands together to solve the problems that piled up over more than 30 years,'' he said. 

    "No one can solve these problems alone, but only when Egyptians stand shoulder to shoulder."

    He emerged as the most popular political figure in Egypt after ousting Morsi. 

    Interim President Adly Mansour is expected to approve the election law this week or next week by the latest.

    [Reuters]
  • Egyptian army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has given the clearest indication yet that he will run for president, saying he cannot ignore the demands of the "majority", 

    Sisi, who toppled Egypt's first freely elected president in July, said "official procedures" concerning his candidacy were expected in the coming days,  the state news agency reported on Tuesday.

    [Reuters]
  • Egypt has deported an American anti-war activist who was trying to travel to the Gaza Strip, airport officials and the activist herself said.

    Medea Benjamin, who co-founded the CodePink anti-war group, was detained on arrival in Cairo airport on Monday. 

    She had planned to join a delegation of activists on a visit to the Palestinian coastal enclave this  week.

    Airport police broke her arm during her detention before putting her on a flight to Istanbul, she said on Tuesday. 

    "I arrived yesterday (Monday). They took me out of customs, held me overnight, threw me on the floor, and broke my arm. Two policemen jumped on me and broke my arm," she said in a telephone conversation aboard her flight.

    An airport official said Benjamin "dislocated her shoulder," without elaborating.

    Benjamin had been banned from entering Egypt after a 2010 visit in which she protested against Cairo's refusal to allow pro-Palestinian activists to enter the blockaded Gaza Strip.

    The government eventually allowed some activists to cross into Gaza through the Rafah border crossing.

    [AFP]
  • Egypt court bans Palestinian Hamas group

    Assets seized and offices ordered shut as court rules to ban all activities of group that runs neighbouring Gaza Strip.
  • An Egyptian court has banned all activities of Palestinian group Hamas in Egypt.

    [Reuters]
  • Pictures from the trial of two Egyptian policemen who were sentenced earlier today for the 2010 killing of blogger Khalid Said:

    Policemen Mahmoud Salah Mahmoud and Awad Ismail Suleiman were accused of manslaughter and of torturing Khaled Said /AP 
    The policemen were accused unlawfully arresting him at an Internet cafe in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria in June 2010 /EPA
    The family of Khalid Said called for the maximum jail term /AP 
    Said's death one of the sparks that ignited the January 2011 uprising that toppled Egypt's long-time autocratic ruler Hosni Mubarak /AP
     
     

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  • Two Egyptian policemen were sentenced to 10 years in jail Monday for the 2010 killing of a blogger, whose death rallied protesters in the revolt that toppled Hosni Mubarak the following year.

    Policemen Mahmoud Salah Mahmoud and Awad Ismail Suleiman were accused of manslaughter and torturing Khaled Said in June 2010 after unlawfully arresting him at an Internet cafe in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria. [AFP]
  • The family of Khalid Said, a blogger whose death became a rallying cry in Egypt's 2011
    uprising called, for the maximum
    jail term as a court readied to give its verdict Monday in the retrial of two policemen.

    "We have asked for the maximum sentence, which is 15 years in prison," Mahmud el-Bakri Atifi, lawyer for Said's family, told AFP, adding that the earlier verdict was an "injustice".

    Policemen Mahmoud Salah Mahmoud and Awad Ismail Suleiman are accused of torturing and killing Khaled Said in June 2010 after unlawfully arresting him at an Internet cafe in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria.

    An initial trial sentenced the defendants to seven years in jail in October 2011 after finding them guilty of unlawful arrest and excessive brutality.

    Egypt's Court of Cassation ordered the retrial after the defendants appealed, while angry supporters of Said felt the sentence was too lenient.

    "Egyptians must be reassured that the police offer them security and are not a threat to them."

    Police initially said that Said choked to death after swallowing a packet
    of drugs. [AFP] 
  • A court was due to deliver its verdict Monday in the retrial of two policemen accused of killing a blogger, whose death was a rallying cry during Egypt's 2011 uprising.

    Policemen Mahmoud Salah Mahmoud and Awad Ismail Suleiman are accused of torturing and killing Khaled Said in June 2010 after unlawfully arresting him from an Internet cafe in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria.

    An initial trial sentenced the defendants to seven years in jail in October 2011 after finding them guilty of unlawful arrest and excessive brutality.

    Egypt's Court of Cassation ordered the retrial after the defendants appealed, while angry supporters of Said felt the sentence was too lenient.

    Police initially claimed that Said committed suicide after swallowing a packet of drugs.
     
    Medics, however, said he died of asphyxiation after being beaten, and that the packet of drugs was thrust in his mouth when he was unconscious.

    His death became a flashpoint between president Hosni Mubarak's government and opposition activists, who vented their anger on a Facebook page called "We are all Khaled Said".

    It was on this page that one of the first calls was issued for the revolt which toppled Mubarak.

    Said's supporters and opposition activists have often clashed with security forces, in particular during the trial hearings. [AFP]
  • Egypt's first Oscar-nominated movie, "The Square, competed in the Best Documentary Feature but lost the award to "20 Feet from Stardom"

    The Square, which chronicles developments of Egypt's 18-day revolt in 2011 and its aftermath, is banned from airing at home. The lead character in the movie, Ahmed Hassan, and singer Ramy Essam, who was a key singe in Tahrir Square, have travel bans issued against them for political reasons.

    Another main character in the movie, who is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is designated a terrorist group by the government, is in hiding.

    The Square producers tweeted "Our Oscars story may be over, but the story of Egypt and TheSquare goes on. Our journey continues!"
  • Egypt's new supplies minister to reconsider French wheat, rice export ban:

    Egypt's new supplies minister said he would reconsider a decision to halt rice exports /Reuters 
    Egypthas an exportable surplus of rice, estimated at 800,000 tonnes a year, but in November the supplies ministry suspended rice exports /Reuters
    Egypt's new Supplies Minister Khaled Hanafi talks during a tour at bakeries in Cairo /Reuters 
     
     

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    Egypt's new supplies ministersaid he would reconsider a decision to halt rice exports and 
    look into French wheat imports which were excluded after Egypt changed its specification concerning wheat moisture levels, state media reported on Sunday.

    If a decision is taken, Khaled Hanafi, who was appointed on Wednesday, could reverse actions taken by former Supplies Minister Mohamed Abu Shadi.

    Egypt, which buys around 10 million tonnes of wheat a year from abroad, has tightened its required specifications for wheat moisture levels to 13 percent or below, a move which excludes French-origin grain from its purchases. [Reuters]
  • Egypt frees Morsi son arrested in drugs case:

    A son of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi was freed Sunday a day after being arrested on suspicion of possessing hashish, judicial sources said.

    Police said they found two joints on 19-year-old Abdullah Morsi and a friend in a car parked by the roadside in Qalyubia province north of Cairo, security officials said on Saturday.

    They were released pending investigation after agreeing to give urine samples, judicial sources said, adding that the results had not yet been released.

    Morsi's other son, Osama, had dismissed the accusations, saying the authorities were "fabricating the case" and that his brother's arrest was an attempt to "defame the family". [AFP]



  • Egypt's frequent power outages

    Candles are made for use at Muslim and Christian functions but also more so lately in the homes when there are electricity cuts few times a week/ EPA 
    Egyptian traditional candle maker wrapping a candles set next to a portrait depicting his father, at his family workshop in in Khan al-Khalil/ EPA 
     
     

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    Egyptians have been complaining of frequent power outages, something which does not bode well for the summer since the consumption of electricity is normally much lower in winter than in the months of Egypt's searing heat.

    Media reports are saying fuel shortages are beginning to impact areas outside of Cairo. Power outages last year fed discontent against Morsi. [AP]

  • Egypt's new prime minister says security is top priority:

    Egypt's new prime minister has said that security is his top priority and urged a halt to protests and strikes to give the nation a breather to rebuild after more than three years of deadly turmoil.

    "The first priority is to impose security, counter terrorism firmly and legally, and restore stability by preserving human rights and democracy," said Mahlab on Sunday in a live televised address on his first day in office.

    Read more: aje.me/1jKgvt8  

  • Below is the list of the 12 new ministers who were sworn in on Saturday as part of the 31-member cabinet:

    - Prime Minister: Ibrahim Mahlab (new)
    - Finance: Hany Qadri Yussef Damian (new)
    - Social Solidarity: Ghada Waly (new)
    - Higher Education and Scientific Research: Wael Mohammed El-Degwy (new)
    - Justice: Munir Abdelmoneim Othman (new)
    - Electricity and Renewable Energy: Mohammed Hamid Shaker (new)
    - Civil Aviation: Mohammed Hossam El-Din (new)
    - Housing: Mustafa Kamal Madbuli (new)
    - Supply: Khaled Mohammed Hanafi (new)
    - Labour and Immigration: Nahed Ali Ashri (new)
    - Health and Population: Adel El-Adawi (new)
    - Military Production: Ibrahim Yunis Ismail (new)

    Meanwhile, the names below retained their membership in the cabinet:

    - Deputy Prime Minister and Defence: Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
    - Interior Minister: Mohammed Ibrahim
    - Foreign Affairs: Nabil Fahmy
    - Culture: Mohammed Saber Ibrahim Arab
    - Transitional Justice: Mohamed Amin El-Mahdi
    - Investment, Industry and Trade: Mounir Fakhri Abdel Nour
    - Education: Mahmud Abul Nasr
    - Tourism: Mohammed Hisham Abbas Zazou
    - Agriculture: Ayman Farid Abu Hadid
    - Communications and IT: Atef Helmi
    - Petroleum: Sherif Ismail
    - Transport: Ahmed Demary
    - Water Resources and Irrigation: Mohammed Abdel Moteleb
    - Religous Endowments: Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa
    - Planning and International Cooperation: Ashraf al-Sayid Al-Arabi
    - Information: Dorreya Sharafeldin
    - Antiquities: Mohammed Ibrahim Ali Sayid
    - Environment: Laila Rashed Iskandar
    - Domestic Development: Adel Labib
    - Youth and Sport: Khaled Mahmud

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  • New cabinet sworn in 

    The new line-up led by prime minister Ibrahim Mahlab was unveiled after Hazem al-Beblawi's government resigned on Monday amid mounting criticism of its failure to tackle a floundering economy and worsening industrial unrest.

    The new cabinet is tasked with organising a presidential election that is expected to bring al-Sisi, who is also a vice prime minister, to power.

    Al-Sisi, who has emerged as Egypt's most popular political figure since he led the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last July, has not yet announced his candidacy in the election scheduled for this spring. [AFP]
  • Sisi remains Egypt defence minister as new cabinet sworn in

    Egypt's army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is expected to stand for president, was retained as defence minister in the new cabinet sworn in Saturday, state television showed.

    The new line-up led by prime minister Ibrahim Mahlab was unveiled after the previous government resigned on Monday amid mounting criticism of its failure to tackle a floundering economy and worsening industrial unrest.

    [AFP]
  • Son of Egypt's ousted president detained:

    The youngest son of Egypt's ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi was detained by police on Saturday on suspicion of drug possession, the country's official news agency reported.

    The MENA news agency said police detained son Abdullah Morsi, a university freshman, after a police patrol found a suspicious car parked on the side of the road in el-Obour city, east of Cairo. Officers found two rolled hashish cigarettes in the car, the agency said. [AP]
  • An Egyptian appeals court has postponed until Monday a request by lawyers to appoint new judges in trials involving ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, judicial sources said. 

    The court met on Saturday and decided to examine the request two days later so that some of Morsi's co-defendants whose lawyers made the request could be present, they said. [AFP]
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