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Thousands protest against former regime candidates in Cairo, Alexandria

By Ahmed Hazem CAIRO: Thousands of protesters affiliated with Islamist groups gathered Friday in Tahrir Square, demanding that figures of the former regime be banned from practicing their political rights and be disqualified as presidential candidates. In Alexandria, thousands of protesters affiliated with Islamist groups or parties also demonstrated. In answer to a call for protest …


Islamists rally in Cairo against Mubarak old guard

By Tom Perry and Marwa Awad /Reuters CAIRO: Thousands of Egyptians packed into Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday to protest against a run for the presidency by former intelligence chief Omar Suleiman, in an Islamist show of strength against Hosni Mubarak’s old guard. The Muslim Brotherhood — the biggest group in parliament — called the protest …


PA approves amendment barring top Mubarak official from political life

By Safaa Abdoun CAIRO: The People’s Assembly approved Thursday amendments to the law regulating political rights participation in a bid to bar top officials from the regime of ousted President Hosni Mubarak from running for office. “After a joint session was held between the legislation and constitution committee and the complaints and suggestions committee which went …


PA to discuss amending political rights participation law Thursday

By Safaa Abdoun CAIRO: The People’s Assembly will hold an emergency session Thursday to discuss the inclusion of an article that pertains to banning members of the ousted regime to the already existing law regulating political rights participation. A joint session was held between the legislation and constitution committee and the complaints and suggestions committee after …


Court hears case to bar Mubarak aides from presidency

By Sherine El Madany /Reuters CAIRO: An Egyptian court will hear a suit seeking to prevent Hosni Mubarak’s former intelligence chief and his last prime minister from running for the presidency, a judicial source said on Monday. Omar Suleiman, 74, who served for years as Mubarak’s head of military intelligence and General Intelligence Service and was …


Islamists, remnants of ex-regime make last-minute presidential bid

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: Islamists and remnants of the former regime (commonly known as felool) rushed to register their candidacy for Egypt’s first post-Mubarak presidential election. Registration for the presidential election began April 8 and closed Sunday at 2 pm as frontrunners faced with uncertainties regarding their applications due to legal challenges. The committee supervising …


Experts divided over settling with defendants in corruption cases

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: Political and law experts were divided over a proposal to settle with defendants still undergoing investigations or standing trials in cases of squandering public funds. “I speculate that the people won’t easily accept a deal like this, because they believe that these defendants have corrupted Egypt for years,” political science professor at …


Mubarak-era figures recycle careers in rural Egypt

By Abdelrahman Youssef / Reuters MINYA: Far from Egypt’s cities where Hosni Mubarak’s old allies might fear to face the electorate, figures from the deposed leader’s era have re-emerged to run for parliament in rural areas where sectarian rivalries can be played for political advantage. In Minya, 270 km (170 miles) south of Cairo, the Freedom …


Campaign exposes around 10,000 ex-NDP members

CAIRO: Youth groups launched a campaign dubbed "emsek flol" (catch out remnants of the former regime), exposing around 10,000 prominent members of the disbanded National Democratic Party (NDP), who were allegedly responsible for political corruption. "Every day we expose the names of at least 500 political figures from the fallen regime on our website and …


Mubarak party members demand right to run in polls

CAIRO: Members of Egypt’s former ruling party have demanded to be allowed to run in upcoming elections, as officials mull a draft law that could see them banished from politics for a decade. The plea came during a rally organized on Saturday evening by members of the now dissolved National Democratic Party — which was …


Egypt Mubarak-era minister jailed for corruption

CAIRO: An Egyptian court has sentenced a Hosni Mubarak-era Cabinet minister to three years in prison after convicting him of corruption. The verdict against businessman and former Tourism Minister Zoheir Garanah was announced on Sunday. He is the latest senior member of the former regime to be convicted of corruption since the popular uprising toppled …


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