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Military refers ban on presidency candidates to court

By Tamim Elyan and Ali Abdelatti /Reuters CAIRO: Egypt’s military rulers have asked the constitutional court to rule on whether top officials from Hosni Mubarak’s era can run for the presidency, a judicial source said on Thursday, after the Islamist-dominated parliament passed a law banning them. Last week’s new law must be passed by the …

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SCAF won’t cede power; Mubarak’s regime still in place, says Al-Shater

By Safaa Abdoun CAIRO: Muslim Brotherhood leading figure Khairat Al-Shater slammed Wednesday the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), saying it won’t cede power and that Mubarak’s regime is still in place. Al-Shater, the MB’s primary presidential candidate, was disqualified from the race because of a past criminal conviction. Like many other Brotherhood leaders, …

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SCAF general slams parliament attempt to limit military judiciary powers

By Heba Hesham CAIRO: Major General Mamdouh Shahin, member of the ruling military council, described the parliament’s suggested amendments on the Military Trials Law as an “infringement of a judicial authority on the jurisdictions of another.” The People’s Assembly discussed in its Tuesday’s session, attended by Shahin, a number of amendments on the military trials …

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Politicians wary of SCAF’s talk about constitution before presidential election

By Heba Hesham CAIRO: Egypt’s politicians were concerned over what they perceived as intentions to postpone the long-awaited presidential election, after the head of the ruling military council insisted Sunday that a new constitution be drafted first. The presidential election is slated for May 23-24, and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has promised …

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Egypt’s self-counter-revolution

By Khalil al-Anani DURHAM: When I left Egypt two weeks before the revolution, Egyptians were not allowed to discuss three issues publicly: politics, religion and sex. However, after two weeks in post-Jan. 25 Cairo, I realized that these taboos have become obsolete. A sense of unfettered freedom is inescapable, albeit in a chaotic pattern. Apart from …

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Army ‘neutral’ towards candidates for president

By AFP CAIRO: Egypt’s ruling military is not fielding a candidate in next month’s presidential election, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) chief Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi said on Monday. “The armed forces do not have a candidate in the next presidential election,” the official MENA news agency quoted Tantawi as saying, adding …

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Suleiman says not backed by army, alleges Brotherhood behind death threats

By Reuters CAIRO: Hosni Mubarak’s former intelligence chief said his bid for the presidency does not have the support of Egypt’s military rulers and accused Islamists of sending him death threats, an Egyptian newspaper reported on Monday. Omar Suleiman, 74, announced his candidacy on Friday and showed he still wields political clout by collecting around …

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Military backs Mubarak’s VP for president

By Hamza Hendawi / AP CAIRO: Hosni Mubarak’s former vice president and spy chief Omar Suleiman will have the behind-the-scenes backing of Egypt’s ruling generals and the state media’s powerful propaganda machine in his bid to succeed his longtime mentor for the nation’s highest office, according to officials with firsthand knowledge. Suleiman, 75, will set …

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Mr Successful and SCAF

By Omar El Sabh CAIRO: Once more the Muslim Brotherhood’s Guidance Bureau has presented Egyptian politics with a black box by fielding their business tycoon Khairat Al Shater in the presidential race. This move comes at a time when the political landscape has witnessed heavy jostling between the country’s two strongest camps, SCAF and the MB. …

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Babies and the iconography of power

By Marie-Jeanne Berger The most recent attempts by the country’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) to police the minds of Egyptians has led to a gregarious poster campaign around Cairo. Large photographs of a soldier cradling a baby with the slogan “Al-Gaysh wa Al-Sha’ab Eed Wahda” (The Army and the People are One Hand) …

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Bonfire of the banalities

By Philip Whitfield CAIRO: Grace and pace they have not. Filibuster and bluster they’re full of. Can you believe the new crop of rags-to-riches whistle-stoppers are turning down a billion US dollars and some because their pride is hurt? More likely they’ve been tipped off the US aid package to Egypt will end up as small …

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Army takes on Islamists to retain power

By Marwa Awad / Reuters CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood is locked in a power struggle with ruling generals over how much influence the army will have after civilians take over in three months time, a dispute that could decide whether democracy thrives after Hosni Mubarak’s ouster. The tussle is over a new constitution, being drafted by …

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Military guards its finances ahead of drafting new constitution

By Reem Abdellatif CAIRO: The ruling military council warned civilians not to “interfere” in the military’s businesses underlining that these ventures have been created from the “sweat” of the Ministry of Defense. The Tuesday announcement came shortly after members of the Supreme Council of Armed Forces, headed by de facto president and field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, …

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Political parties to meet SCAF again Thursday regarding Constituent Assembly

By Safaa Abdoun CAIRO: The ruling military council is scheduled to meet again with political parties to discuss the ongoing crisis about the make up of the Constituent Assembly after a Tuesday meeting failed to bring immediate solutions. Party heads who attended the meeting on Tuesday were to discuss the different recommendations within their parties. Forty-eight …

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SCAF meets political parties over Constituent Assembly standoff

By Safaa Abdoun CAIRO: The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) held a meeting with 19 political powers to discuss the crisis over the controversial, Islamist-dominated formation of the Constituent Assembly. Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi and Chief of Staff Samy Enan met members of political parties including the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the Salafi …

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Secular forces slam Constituent Assembly, debate SCAF intervention

By Mai Shams El-Din CAIRO: Secular forces slammed Tuesday the Islamist-dominated Constituent Assembly, pushing to continue the struggle for a more inclusive assembly that represents all Egyptians. The Free Egyptians, the Social Democrats, the Popular Alliance Socialist Party and many independents complained about the control of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis who, they claim, aim …

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SCAF slams MB statement doubting the transparency of presidential election

By Safaa Abdoun CAIRO: In a statement read on state TV Sunday afternoon, Field Marshal Tantawi said that doubting the transparency of the upcoming presidential election and the constitutional referendum is “slander” and has nothing to do with reality. “We were careful not to be provoked, but what happened recently is enough,” he said, referring to …

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Nour says delegation will call on SCAF to annul politically-motivated verdicts

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: Ayman Nour, head of Ghad El-Thawra Party, said Sunday that a delegation of 20 members will approach the ruling military council to call for annulling all politically-motivated verdicts, including one against Nour himself. “They will present a [request] with 150 signatures from MPs calling for the annulment of all political, arbitrary verdicts …

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Rights group: Egypt’s generals are muzzling media

By AP and Daily News Egypt CAIRO: A leading media watchdog says an Egyptian military investigation of journalists and bloggers shows the country’s ruling generals are trying to muzzle the media. The journalists and bloggers are among 12 prominent figures under investigation over allegations they incited hatred against the Egyptian army and tried to overthrow the …

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Court fines former military general for ‘Hitler chambers’ remarks

By Mai Shams El-Din CAIRO: The Nasr City Misdemeanor Court decided Monday to fine former Military General Abdel Moneim Kato LE 10,000 and another LE 10,000 as civil compensation for his remarks about protesters “who should be put in Hitler’s chambers.” The Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) and Association of Freedom of Thought and …

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Rights group slams law allowing settlement with corrupt investors

By Mai Shams El-Din CAIRO: A local rights group demanded Wednesday that parliament repeals a law issued by the ruling military council that allowed for settlements in cases of squandering public funds. The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) sent a memo to the People’s Assembly’s legislative and economic committees Wednesday demanding the repeal of a …

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Egyptian files case against SCAF before ICC

CAIRO: The International Criminal Court (ICC) confirmed receipt of a case filed by Egyptian citizen Iman Elgebaly against Egypt’s ruling military council, accusing them of committing crimes against humanity. Elgebaly, an Egyptian living in Norway, told Daily News Egypt Sunday that she witnessed clashes in Abbaseya last July when Tahrir protesters were attacked by thugs …

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Egypt’s military, activists vie for public support

By Hamza Hendawi / AP CAIRO: Egypt’s ruling military and the revolutionaries who demand they immediately step down battled for a third day in the streets — and competed fiercely for the support of a broader public that has grown tired of turmoil since the fall of Hosni Mubarak 10 months ago. The generals appear to …

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Egypt military has ‘crushed’ revolution: Amnesty

By AFP CAIRO: Egypt’s military rulers have failed to live up to their promises and have even committed worse rights abuses than the regime of ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. The London-based watchdog made the criticism in a report that comes after Egyptian police and troops killed at least 24 people …

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Analysis: Egypt protesters fear army resisting real change

By Marwa Awad and Edmund Blair / Reuters CAIRO: Hosni Mubarak and his cronies may be in detention, but protesters who toppled them feel their “revolution” is being hijacked by Egypt’s military rulers who they suspect are not fully committed to promised democratic change. Angry demonstrators believe the army has failed to break decisively with Mubarak’s …

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Military chief says foreign groups interfering

By AFP CAIRO: Egypt’s military ruler accused “foreign” groups on Wednesday of pushing some Egyptians into “inappropriate actions,” as tensions mount between the military and activists who demand reforms. Field Marshal Hussein Tantawy said in an address to officers that the unspecified “foreign parties feed and create specific projects executed by some people domestically,” the …

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Egypt’s generals, protesters moving to open clash

by Hamza Hendawi and Sarah El Deeb / AP CAIRO: Egypt’s ruling military and protesters seeking greater and faster change are moving into an outright collision, as the generals try to strip away public support for the movement while cozying up to the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood. Youth activists are not backing down, betting that Egyptians’ dissatisfaction …

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Questions loom over impending complaints against military council members

By Marwa Al-A’asar CAIRO: The recently announced intention of two political movements to file complaints against a ruling army council member has raised questions as to whether it is possible to take an army officer to a civilian court. Deputy Dean of Cairo University’s Faculty of Law Anas Gaafar told Daily News Egypt that “legally a …

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Why #NoSCAF?

By Rania Al Malky CAIRO: For a very long time, many Egyptians, including myself, were convinced that this was not the time for outspoken criticism of Egypt’s ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF). As the bedrock of stability and the protectors of the revolution, the honorable army generals who defended Egyptians’ legitimate calls for …

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Panel opposes political role for Egyptian military

By Hamza Hendawi / AP CAIRO: A key member of a panel drafting guidelines for Egypt’s next constitution said on Wednesday that most of the group’s 50 members object to giving the military a future role in politics. Legal expert Tahany El-Gibali said the binding principles will have enough guarantees to protect the rights of all …

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