Former presidential candidate and leftist Hamdeen Sabahi is pictured during a protest against restrictions on the press, Cairo, Egypt, May 4, 2016 CAIRO — Hamdeen Sabahi, a former presidential candidate, has called on political and partisan forces to establish what he called a “united national front” to select a candidate for presidential elections scheduled for May 2018. In a May 5 speech at a gathering to announce the launch of the Karama Movement — the unification of the Karama Party and the Egyptian Popular Current, which he founded — Sabahi said that the front must include national and partisan leaders and serve as a “revolution organizer.” Sabahi severely criticized President … Continue reading Can a consensus candidate be found to challenge Egypt’s Sisi?
Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak looks toward his supporters outside the building where he is hospitalized at Maadi military hospital on the outskirts of Cairo, Oct. 6, 2016 The Egyptian Court of Cassation issued a ruling March 2 acquitting ousted President Hosni Mubarak of the killing of protesters during the outbreak of the January 25 Revolution in 2011. On March 13, an Egyptian prosecutor issued a decision to release Mubarak for the first time since his ousting six years ago. This raised speculation about whether Mubarak, 88, intends to return to the political scene and how the regime of current Egyptian … Continue reading Why Egyptians lost interest in Mubarak’s case
Image of Osama Morsi Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s son Osama is being abused in the notorious Scorpion prison, statement released by his family said yesterday. A security source dismissed the family’s accusations as “false”. The family attributed Osama’s arrest on 8 December to a statement he had published a few days earlier outlining the limitation on family visits to see his father. He had called on the United Nations and other international organisations to intervene to allow the family to see the deposed president. Scorpion prison A Human Rights Watch report claims inmates are kept in cells without beds, visits … Continue reading Morsi’s son being beaten in prison
Hosni Mubarak, Former President of Egypt Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has today been cleared of charges of killing protesters in the 2011 uprising that lead to his removal from power. After an all-day hearing, Judge Ahmed Abdel Qawi announced: “The court has found the defendant innocent.” The court also rejected demands by lawyers of the victims to reopen civil suits, leaving no remaining option for appeal or retrial. The verdict could lead to Mubarak being freed. A report commission by Mubarak’s predecessor Mohamed Morsi said at least 846 protesters were killed during the uprising in early 2011, but Egypt’s … Continue reading BREAKING: Egypt clears Mubarak of charges of killing protesters in 2011 uprising
Image of Mohammed Anwar Sadat Egypt’s parliament has expelled Mohammed Anwar Sadat, the nephew of the late President Anwar Sadat, on the charge of forging signatures on a draft bill and leaking drafts of the law to foreign embassies. Sadat has denied the accusations and said that the law had already been published online, yet 468 of the 595 MPs in the Egyptian parliament voted to expel him. Alaa Abed, one of the lawmakers who voted against Sadat, told the New York Times that Sadat was being paid by foreign powers: “We saw that Sadat was working against the parliament … Continue reading Egypt’s parliament expels one of the last dissenting voices
A Christian man who fled el-Arish stands outside the Evangelical Church in Ismailia, 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, February 26, 2017 Cairo – Several members of the Egyptian parliament demanded to check the country’s security plan against ISIS in north Sinai, in what seems a doubt of the government’s ability to end the attacks of the terrorist organization. The request comes after hundreds of Egypt’s Coptic Christians have fled the Sinai Peninsula following a number of killings in recent weeks by suspected militants. Speaker of the parliament refused the demanded saying that strategies are confidential and … Continue reading Egypt Denies Asking Christian Residents to Leave North Sinai
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi gives at a press conference at the State House in Nairobi, Kenya on February 18, 2017 An Egyptian lawmaker started collecting signatures on Sunday for a motion to extend presidential terms and lift restrictions on re-election – a year before general-turned-president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s first term is due to expire. As defence minister, Sisi overthrew elected President Mohammed Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood official, in mid-2013 following mass protests against his rule and launched a crackdown on the organisation and it’s supporters. Sisi, now 62, went on to win a presidential vote in 2014. He has … Continue reading Egypt MP seeks end to constitutional restrictions on presidential terms