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Late drama as Egypt’s closes registration for presidency

CAIRO — Registration for candidacy in Egypt’s first post-uprising presidential election closed on Sunday, amid last-minute twists and turns that have shaken the political race. Around 20 people have registered so far, each hoping to lead the Arab world’s most populous nation through a fragile transition following an uprising that…

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood puts up second candidate

CAIRO — The Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s top political force, announced it was putting up a second presidential candidate for May elections in case its first choice was not allowed to stand. The candidature of the Islamist group’s number two, Khairat al-Shater, looked to be in doubt. Shater was freed from…

Santorum: Obama ‘in bed with Muslim Brotherhood’

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says that President Barack Obama was “willing to jump in bed with the Muslim Brotherhood” and throw former dictator Hosni Mubarak “under the bus” during Egypt’s 2011 revolution. Speaking to Fox News host Greta Van Susteren on Wednesday, the former Pennsylvania senator warned that the…

Gingrich calls Egyptian trial ‘the Obama hostage crisis’

At a campaign event in Golden, Colorado on Monday, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich likened the planned trial of 19 Americans in Egypt to the 1979 hostage crisis in Iran, calling it “the Obama hostage crisis.” “This reminds me exactly of Jimmy Carter and the Iranian hostages. You now have…

Egypt Islamists stop protesters on way to parliament

CAIRO — Hundreds of Egyptian protesters demanding the end of military rule were prevented on Tuesday from reaching parliament by backers of the Muslim Brotherhood, which holds the majority in the assembly. “We are standing here as a human shield, because if the protesters go any further, they will clash…

US reaches out to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood

A once reluctant United States is reaching out to the Muslim Brotherhood in a nod to Egypt’s new political reality, but concerns linger about the group’s attitude toward minorities, women and the peace treaty with Israel. In the wake of president Hosni Mubarak’s ouster last February, the Freedom and Justice…

Islamists pursue gains in Egypt’s phased election

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s rival Islamist groups sought more gains in the second round of a parliamentary election on Wednesday, with liberals also fighting for a voice in an army-led transition that began with the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak. Egypt’s first free election in six decades is unfolding in three stages…

Egypt wraps up first round of post-Mubarak poll

Egypt on Tuesday wrapped up the opening round of the firstparliamentary elections since Hosni Mubarak’s fall, with Islamistswinning a landslide victory at the expense of weakened and divided liberals. Turnout was low for the final day of run-off elections between individual candidates standing for the new parliament, which is to be chosen in a further…

Egypt’s Christians worried by Islamist surge

CAIRO — Egyptian Copts, the Middle East’s biggest Christian community, headed to mass on Sunday fearful of what an Islamist landslide in the country’s election will mean for their community. In churches across the capital, the community gathered for its first Sunday service since the opening stage of the country’s…

Islamists sweep early results in Egypt election

Early results from Egypt’s first post-revolution election showed Islamist parties sweeping to victory, including hardline Salafists, with secular parties being trounced in many areas. Partial figures trickled in for the areas of the country that voted in record numbers on Monday and Tuesday, confirming earlier predictions that Islamist parties would…

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