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Muslim Brotherhood urges Mubarak to dissolve parliament

By Agencies CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood demanded Wednesday that President Hosni Mubark dissolve the newly elected parliament and hold new elections, in a move that appeared to be an attempt to capitalize on the hopes for change sparked by Tunisia’s popular uprising. The Muslim Brotherhood also called for an end to Egypt’s 30-year-old emergency law …

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Opposition launches ‘popular parliament’

By Tamim Elyan CAIRO: Former opposition and independent MPs and a number of opposition leaders announced Sunday the official launch of the “popular parliament” and its structure in a press conference held at Al Wafd party. The parliament comprises 50 former MPs, 43 public figures in various specializations and nine representatives from youth movements. It …

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Assessing Egypt’s one-party parliament: Part 2

By Omnia Al Desoukie and Tamim Elyan CAIRO: For political forecasters, the Egyptian political scene in 2011 is not expected to change, with the new parliament set to tighten the government’s grip. Many predict that the rule of only one party will unlikely lead to peaceful change but will rather prompt violence and sectarian strife. …

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Assessing Egypt’s one-party parliament: Part 1

By Omnia Al Desoukie and Tamim Elyan CAIRO: After the controversial People’s Assembly elections, the credibility of which was widely questioned, opposition powers as well as prominent independent MPs found no place for themselves in parliament in favor of a sweeping NDP majority. The ruling party swept 420 seats out of 518, Al-Tagammu Party lead the …

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Parliament will not discuss current electoral system, says NDP

By Marwa Al-A’asar CAIRO: Lawmakers will not discuss Egypt’s electoral system during the current parliamentary term, said Moufid Shehab, the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) Assistant Secretary General for Parliamentary Affairs on Monday. Shehab, who is also the Minister of State for Legal Affairs and Parliamentary Councils, added that a number of polls conducted by …

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YEAREND SPECIAL: Parliamentary polls results to shape Egypt’s political life in coming years

By Marwa Al-A’asar The results of the 2010 elections of Egypt’s bicameral parliament are likely to shape the country’s political life for the coming few years. Most opposition groups and parties believe that the People’s Assembly (the Lower-House of Parliament) and the Shoura Council (the Upper-House) elections were orchestrated to guarantee a sweeping victory for …

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Judges reject future election monitoring amid fraud allegations

By Heba Famy CAIRO: Judges should refrain from future election monitoring in protest of the violations that took place during November’s parliamentary elections, said a memo filed by Judge Ahmed Mekky to the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC). Mekky, who is the vice president of the Cassation Court and member of the SJC, filed the memo on …

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Mubarak addresses economy, elections, wikileaks in speech to new parliament

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak gave a speech to the newly elected parliament on Sunday, amid wide applause and praise from the parliament members; however, the opposition’s reaction to the speech from outside the parliament’s walls was entirely different. Karima Al-Hifnawy, a member of the National Association for Change and the Kefaya Movement …

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Egypt’s real shark problem

By David Faris International attention remains focused on the recent spate of gruesome shark attacks in Egypt. But the real threat is not from wandering Makos in the glittering alternate tourist universes of the Sinai, but rather from the sharks of the regime — the ones who just finished dismembering what was left of Egypt’s sham …

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Former Brotherhood MP back in parliament by ‘popular demand’

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: After being expelled from the Muslim Brotherhood, Magdy Ashour said he will resume his duties as an independent MP due to pressure from his district, whose constituent demanded that he represent them in parliament. Ashour told Daily News Egypt that he accepted his position as MP to comply with the people’s wishes. …

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Citizen journalism takes forefront during elections

By Heba Afify CAIRO: Newspapers and television programs were not the only media covering the recent parliamentary elections; ordinary citizens took their cameras to polling stations and provided amateur reports, photographs and videos covering the elections process. Constant news updates were reported via popular social networking websites like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, with citizen journalism rising …

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Al-Wafd’s Sarhan rejects freeze of dissidents’ memberships

By Marwa Al-A’asar CAIRO: Mohamed Sarhan, deputy president of the opposition Al-Wafd, said that the party has no right to freeze the memberships of its candidates who have — against the party’s will— registered as independents in the new People’s Assembly (PA). Earlier last week, Al-Wafd’s supreme committee froze the memberships of seven dissident members …

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Members of alternative and official parliaments take oath separately

By Sarah Carr CAIRO: Former opposition MPs swore themselves in to an “alternative parliament” Sunday on the steps of Cairo’s State Council. Around 30 members of the Wafd and Karama political parties, the Muslim Brotherhood as well as independent former MPs took the oath of allegiance in unison — at the same time as the People’s …

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PA candidates file 20 complaints against ‘unconstitutional’ parliament

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: Former parliamentary candidates including members of the Muslim Brotherhood and Al-Wafd Party filed 20 complaints to the Administrative Court against the results of the People’s Assembly (PA) elections on Sunday, calling for its annulment and a redo of the elections. According to lawyer Sobhi Saleh, a Muslim Brotherhood member who ran for …

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Monitoring coalition to send constitutional reform demands to President Mubarak

By Tamim Elyan CAIRO: The Egyptian Coalition for Elections Monitoring (ECEM) said Sunday that it will present a list of demands regarding constitutional reforms that will ensure a better electoral system than that offered by President Hosni Mubarak. The coalition formed a consultancy committee comprised of various thinkers and specialists to work on an extensive program …

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Opposition protest calls for dissolving ‘void’ parliament

By Sarah Carr CAIRO: Opposition political factions protested on Sunday the results of the People’s Assembly elections and called for the dissolution of parliament. About 300 members of the Muslim Brotherhood, the April 6 Youth Movement as well as Al-Ghad, Al-Wafd and Karama political parties assembled in a tightly cordoned off demonstration outside the public prosecution …

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Analysts say PA appointments serve regime, not Copts

By Heba Afify CAIRO: The selection of seven Copts among the 10 newly appointed Members of Parliament was described by analysts as merely “decorative,” and not representative of Egypt’s Christian minority. Political experts say that the appointments serve the benefits of the regime and exclude opposing voices. President Hosni Mubarak announced on Saturday his picks for …

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90 former MPs and PA candidates form ‘shadow’ parliament

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: Ninety Former MPs and independent parliamentary candidates, who came out empty-handed in the parliamentary elections, said on Saturday that they would form a shadow parliament parallel to the “illegitimate” official parliament, which is dominated by the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP). “We will establish a legitimate parliament that includes all the parliamentary, …

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Mubarak dismisses vote fraud charges

By Yasmine Saleh/Reuters CAIRO: Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak on Sunday dismissed allegations that last month’s parliamentary election was rigged and said any violations were too minor to undermine its legitimacy. Analysts say Mubarak’s ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) was eager to remove opponents from parliament to ensure a quiet presidential vote next year. The NDP won …

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ElBaradei in Minya: Opposition will unite

By Sarah El Deeb /AP MAGHAGHA: Leading Egyptian democracy advocate Mohamed ElBaradei said he is pushing to unify the country’s opposition groups to build enough numbers for pro-reform protests after parliamentary elections marred by widespread allegations of fraud. In a somber assessment of his movement for change, the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize winner and former UN …

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Mubarak ‘could be in power for life’, ambassador says in leaked cable

By Hala Boncompagni /AFP CAIRO: Egypt’s 82-year-old President Hosni Mubarak is likely to seek re-election next year and serve for the rest of his life, British daily The Guardian reported citing WikiLeaks. The disclosure came in a secret US diplomatic cable from Washington’s ambassador to Cairo, Margaret Scobey, which was released by the whistleblower website WikiLeaks, …

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Egypt’s opposition to protest ‘null and void’ parliament

By Marwa Al-A’asar CAIRO: About 15 opposition groups and parties will join forces Sunday afternoon outside the High Court of Justice in Downtown Cairo to protest the alleged illegitimacy of this year’s elected People’s Assembly (PA). “This protest aims to show that all opposition groups [can] constitute one power under one slogan: ‘void,’” said George …

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Analysis: Mubarak party bolsters grip at risk of credibility

By Christophe de Roquefeuil / AFP CAIRO: Egypt’s ruling party has damaged its credibility with a landslide election win marred by fraud claims but its grip on parliament has been tightened ahead of the 2011 presidential poll, analysts said Tuesday. Veteran President Hosni Mubarak’s National Democratic Party (NDP) clinched control of four-fifths of parliament, securing 420 …

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Al-Wafd freezes memberships of dissident PA candidates

By Marwa Al-A’asar CAIRO: Al-Wafd’s higher committee has frozen the memberships of seven dissident members who defied a decision to boycott the People’s Assembly (PA) runoff elections, the opposition party’s Secretary General Mounir Fakhry Abdel-Nour said Thursday. “The party bylaws will then be applied on the seven members … who won seats in the PA …

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ElBaradei calls on opposition to boycott 2011 presidential elections

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: Former IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei called on opposition groups to unite and boycott the upcoming 2011 presidential elections if they are not given guarantees that the elections will be free and fair. In a video message from ElBaradei posted on his website on Tuesday, he described the “so-called” parliamentary elections that took …

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Tribalism in Sinai elections trumps political affiliations

By Abdel-Rahman Hussein CAIRO: The 2010 People’s Assembly (PA) elections were marred by irregularities and violence throughout Egypt, but the elections in Sinai were characterized by a third – and more pertinent – electoral component that superseded political affiliations: tribal loyalty. In the first round of the elections on Nov. 28, Hussein Salama Abu Zerei was …

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Top Sunni body condemns US criticism of Egypt

By AFP CAIRO: Sunni Islam’s top religious body condemned the US on Monday for its criticism of religious freedom in Egypt, branding it “unacceptable interference” in the country’s affairs. Al-Azhar considered the US report to be “ignorance, slander, and blatant and unacceptable interference in the internal affairs of Egypt,” state news agency MENA quoted Al-Azhar …

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Opposition’s minimal gains in runoffs expected to cause rifts within parties

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: The few seats that the opposition have won in this year’s parliamentary elections could cause rifts in political parties and groups, especially those that have either boycotted or called for the boycott of the runoff round on Dec. 5. The Supreme Electoral Commission (SEC) announced the final results of the Nov. 28 …

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Election monitors call for dissolution of parliament

By Sarah Carr CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak should dissolve the People’s Assembly (PA), a coalition of NGOs said Monday. “Serious challenges now strongly surround the legitimacy of the People’s Assembly if it is formed according to the announced results of the parliamentary elections held on Nov. 28 and Dec. 5, 2010,” the Independent Coalition for Elections …

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Clashes erupt during election run-off in Shubra

By Abdel-Rahman Hussein CAIRO: Clashes erupted in two Shubra polling stations on Sunday between supporters of National Democratic Party (NDP) candidate Fady El-Habashy and Al-Wafd candidate Ramy Lakah in the parliamentary election run-off. In the afternoon, El-Shahid Tabbakh polling station in Mahmasha witnessed clashes between the supporters of the two candidates at the gates of the …

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