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Qatar delegates meet in Egypt

The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, visited Cairo for the day Saturday to congratulate President Mohamed Morsy on his recent election victory. It was the first time the Emir had visited Egypt since Morsy took office. After they met with Egyptian officials, the Emir and his delegation attended an iftar hosted by …

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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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PEC upholds bans on all 10 presidential hopefuls

By Reuters CAIRO: Ten candidates for the Egyptian presidency including Hosni Mubarak’s spy chief, a Muslim Brotherhood leader and a Salafi preacher lost appeals against disqualification from the race, two sources on the committee overseeing the vote told Reuters. “All appeals have been rejected because nothing new was offered in the appeal requests,” a member …

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Analysis: Egypt’s Brotherhood raises stakes by excluding IMF

By Patrick Werr /Reuters CAIRO: In all but ruling out an early agreement on an IMF loan, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has dramatically raised the stakes in its struggle with the army-led administration for control of a country still reeling from a year of political turmoil. The Brotherhood’s candidate for president, Khairat Al-Shater, said this week the …

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Appeals against candidates processed amid calls for Friday demonstrations

By Heba Hesham CAIRO: The Presidential Election Committee began Thursday to consider objections presented by candidates over the eligibility of fellow contenders, as political powers called for a million-strong demonstration Friday to protest the nomination of members of the former regimes and law clauses giving the PEC legal immunity. On Wednesday, the committee said it received …

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Al-Shater’s economic policies may attract US support, say experts

By Omnia Al Desoukie CAIRO: While it remains unclear how well last minute contenders Omar Suleiman and Khairat Al-Shater will do in the presidential election, experts argue that the US is leaning towards the latter for his economic policies. In post-Mubarak Egypt, the US administration was forced to engage in dialogue with the Muslim Brotherhood which …

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Court recuses itself in Al-Shater presidential qualification case

By Heba Hesham CAIRO: The court looking into the qualification of Muslim Brotherhood leader Khairat Al-Shater to contest the presidency recused itself on Wednesday. “We demanded that the case be considered by another court because the presiding panel of judges announced its views on the case,” Muslim Brotherhood lawyer Sobhy Saleh said. According to Saleh, the …

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Presidential rivals share secretive past

By Tom Perry / Reuters CAIRO: They sit at opposite ends of Egypt’s political spectrum and one of them was jailed by a government in which the other was chief of intelligence. Now they both want to be president. The Muslim Brotherhood’s Khairat Al-Shater and Hosni Mubarak’s head spy Omar Suleiman have moved firmly into the …

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MB presidential hopeful Al-Shater launches ‘Renaissance Project’

By Mai Shams El-Din CAIRO: Former deputy supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood group and presidential hopeful Khairat Al-Shater outlined on Monday his presidential platform with a campaign titled “Egypt’s Renaissance: The People’s Will,” emphasizing its Islamic frame of reference. “Any project should have a frame of reference. In the West they use the capitalist frame; …

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Egypt’s Islamist candidate says IMF deal unlikely

By Patrick Werr and Marwa Awad / Reuters CAIRO: Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has warned the government it will not support an IMF loan unless the terms are changed or it moves aside and allows a new administration to oversee how the funds are spent, its candidate for president said on Sunday. The government has been negotiating …

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Mubarak aide presidency bid an ‘insult’: Islamist rival

By Marwa Awad and AbdelRahman Youssef / Reuters CAIRO: A bid for power by Hosni Mubarak’s former intelligence chief is an insult to Egypt’s revolution that, if successful, would trigger a second nationwide revolt, the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate for Egypt’s presidency said. In his first public comments since being nominated by the Brotherhood on March …

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Egypt’s Brotherhood picks alternate candidate

By Aya Batrawy  / Associated Press CAIRO: Egypt’s most powerful political group, the Muslim Brotherhood, announced Saturday it is nominating the head of its party as a back-up candidate for president in the face of attempts to disqualify their primary nominee. The decision to put forth a second candidate was spurred by fears that the ruling …

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Former MB youth leaders slam nomination of Al-Shater, support Abol Fotoh

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: Former young leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) criticized the group’s decision to nominate former deputy supreme guide Khairat Al-Shater for president, announcing their support to one of his prominent rivals, Abdel Moneim Abol Fotoh, also a former Brotherhood leader. Mohamed El-Qassas, sacked leader of the MB youth and leading member of …

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The soldier, the politician, the Sheikh and his mother

By Rania Al Malky CAIRO: On the fourth anniversary of the April 6 protests, an invisible voyeur looks down from above, sporting a grin that is part gloating and part ‘mission accomplished’. Back in the day, when the seeds of Egypt’s recent popular uprising were sown through a Facebook page calling on Egyptians to support Mahallah …

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Brotherhood hopeful promises clerics a role

By Maggie Michael / AP CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate for Egypt’s presidency is lobbying hard for support of ultraconservative Muslim clerics, promising them a say over legislation in the future to ensure it is in line with Islamic law, as he tries to rally the divided Islamist vote behind him. The campaign dealmaking is a …

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Al-Shater submits candidacy docs with thousands of Brotherhood supporters

By Mai Shams El-Din CAIRO: Former deputy supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood Khairat Al-Shater submitted on Thursday the candidacy application for the presidential elections as thousands of supporters gathered to celebrate his candidacy in a scene similar to Salafi candidate Hazem Salah Abu Ismail’s application showdown a week earlier. Al-Shater was accompanied by the group’s …

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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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Brotherhood defends Al-Shater’s nomination, Abdullah Al-Asha’al backs him

By Mai Shams El-Din CAIRO/ALEXANDRIA: The Muslim Brotherhood group and its political arm the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) defended at a press conference on Tuesday their decision to nominate the group’s former deputy supreme guide and chief financier Khairat Al-Shater. Former diplomat and presidential hopeful Abdullah Al-Asha’al declared in the same press conference his withdrawal …

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Egypt Brotherhood candidate stirs unease

By Sarah El Deeb / AP CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood’s surprise decision to field a presidential candidate is stirring fears that the two biggest powers to emerge from the ouster of Hosni Mubarak — the Islamists and the military — are maneuvering to put in place a new rule in Egypt not much different from the …

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US congressional delegation downplays meeting with MB presidential hopeful

By Reem Abdellatif CAIRO: Just a day after the Muslim Brotherhood unexpectedly announced they would nominate a candidate for Egypt’s upcoming presidential race, a US congressional delegation met with Khairat Al-Shater, the group’s contender, on Monday, underlining that their talks were “interesting and enlightening.” In a series of visits to Egypt over the past year, the …

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Al-Shater’s presidency to drastically affect Brotherhood, Egypt, region

By Mai Shams El-Din CAIRO: The nomination of former deputy supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood Khairat Al-Shater to the presidential race leaves open possibilities for drastic changes inside the Brotherhood in Egypt and in the region at large if he wins the top post. Analysts are concerned about internal divisions within the group, if they …

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Al-Shater nomination seen to only benefit candidates of old regime

By Mai Shams El-Din CAIRO: The surprising nomination of Deputy Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood Khairat Al-Shater for the presidential elections will only be in favor of candidates affiliated with the former regime as it will split the Islamist vote, analysts concluded. “Candidates belonging to the former regime are the ones who are benefiting the …

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Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood to bid for presidency

By Maggie Michael / AP CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood has named its chief strategist and financier as a candidate for president, a surprising reversal of an earlier pledge to stay out of the race and a move that sets the group on a collision course with Egypt’s military rulers. The long-outlawed Brotherhood already controls about half …

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