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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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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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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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Muslim Brotherhood launches US diplomatic push

By Andrew Quinn / Reuters WASHINGTON: With PowerPoint presentations and political promises, Egypt’s influential Muslim Brotherhood made its US diplomatic debut this week hoping to persuade Washington that the Islamist group is committed to democracy and rule of law. A delegation from the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the political wing of the once-banned Islamist movement, …

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US will hold Egypt politicians ‘accountable’, says Clinton

By Agencies ISTANBUL: Washington will monitor actions by Egyptian politicians and hold them “accountable,” US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Sunday, after the Muslim Brotherhood entered Egypt’s presidential fray. “We’re going to watch what the political actors in Egypt do. We’re going to watch their commitment to the rights and the dignity of …

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In the name of God

By Rania Al Malky CAIRO: The future of Egypt is on the brink of an Islamist abyss. The Freedom and Justice Party’s tattered poker-faced mask has finally fallen, revealing the bloody fangs of a power hungry vampire, intent on destroying anything that stands between it and its evil, Quran-wielding project to turn Egypt into medieval Afghanistan. …

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Army takes on Islamists to retain power

By Marwa Awad / Reuters CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood is locked in a power struggle with ruling generals over how much influence the army will have after civilians take over in three months time, a dispute that could decide whether democracy thrives after Hosni Mubarak’s ouster. The tussle is over a new constitution, being drafted by …

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Brotherhood conflicted over presidential run

By Maggie Michael  / AP CAIRO: Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has postponed an open confrontation with the country’s military rulers and other political players by delaying a decision about whether to field a candidate for the first presidential elections since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak. An eight-hour meeting Tuesday of the Brotherhood’s highest leadership body failed to …

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SCAF slams MB statement doubting the transparency of presidential election

By Safaa Abdoun CAIRO: In a statement read on state TV Sunday afternoon, Field Marshal Tantawi said that doubting the transparency of the upcoming presidential election and the constitutional referendum is “slander” and has nothing to do with reality. “We were careful not to be provoked, but what happened recently is enough,” he said, referring to …

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Islamists warn military over government backing

By AFP CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood warned the ruling military Saturday over its backing of the current government, which it accuses of stalling the revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak and saw Islamists dominate parliament. The Muslim Brotherhood’s political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party, has been pressuring the military to sack the cabinet and appoint …

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Muslim Brotherhood eyes end to Gaza blockade

By Tom Perry and Nidal Al-Mughrabi / Reuters CAIRO/GAZA: The Muslim Brotherhood aims to open the Egyptian border with Gaza to commerce, a shift that would transform life for Palestinians there but which is hitting resistance from Egyptian authorities reluctant to change a longstanding policy. The biggest party in Egypt’s new parliament, the Islamists are not …

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Israel and the Muslim Brotherhood: Facing the bittersweet reality

By Alon Ben-Meir NEW YORK: Since the fall of the Mubarak regime, the conventional wisdom in Israel has suggested that the emergence of an Islamist government in Egypt would necessarily be hostile to the Jewish state. Egypt’s parliamentary elections, in which the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) won close to 50 percent of the vote, only reinforced this …

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MB not ruling out nominating El-Shater for president

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: Muslim Brotherhood (MB) spokesperson Mahmoud Ghozlan could neither confirm nor deny whether the group will nominate one of its leaders, Khairat El-Shater, in the upcoming presidential election. “This decision is up to the group’s Shoura Council, which will make the announcement soon,” Ghozlan told Daily News Egypt on Monday. Ever since the …

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INTERVIEW: Brotherhood takes softer line on Egypt gov’t

By Tom Perry and Edmund Blair / Reuters CAIRO: Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood said on Tuesday it recognized its demand to sack Prime Minister Kamal El-Ganzoury’s cabinet is unlikely to be heeded by the ruling generals but that it did not want a standoff with the army, toning down tough talk by some of its MPs. The …

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Muslim Brotherhood leaning toward IMF loan

By Patrick Werr and Marwa Awad / Reuters CAIRO: The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s political wing supports Egypt’s request for an IMF loan, but first it wants the government to produce a coherent plan to battle corruption and get costs under control, its economic policymakers say. The government said earlier this year it had formally requested a …

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Why Egypt needs a coalition government

By Mustafa Abdelhalim CAIRO: Recently, Muslim Brotherhood leaders in Egypt have repeatedly made calls for a new coalition government, which would represent all parties in parliament. Can Egypt benefit by adopting the concept of coalition rule? The answer, I believe, is yes. Building a coalition simply means inviting parties who would be in opposition to each …

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INTERVIEW: Brotherhood ideas questioned by founder’s brother

By Shaimaa Fayed / Reuters CAIRO: Gamal Al-Banna’s vision for Egypt would have set him at odds with his elder brother Hassan, the teacher who founded the Muslim Brotherhood as an Islamist movement in 1928 and was assassinated in 1949. Gamal, Hassan’s last surviving sibling, argues that Egypt today would be best served by a secular …

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ANALYSIS: As government-in-waiting, Brotherhood finds voice

By Tom Perry and Edmund Blair / Reuters CAIRO: At the end of January, a guest speaker drew an unusually large audience of diplomats to the 33rd floor auditorium at the Egyptian Foreign Ministry headquarters in Cairo. For latecomers, there was standing room only. What made the event unique wasn’t the turnout, but the speaker: Mohamed …

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Brotherhood says Egypt govt failing, wants coalition

CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood on Monday voiced its strongest criticism yet of Egypt’s army-appointed government, saying it was failing to deal with crises in security and the economy, and reiterating a call for a new national unity cabinet. The Freedom and Justice Party, the Brotherhood’s political wing and the biggest group in the newly elected …

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Brotherhood member sacked for attending Aboul-Fotouh dinner

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: Member of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) Mohamed Abdel-Karim told Daily News Egypt Wednesday that he was sacked from the group for attending an iftar dinner held by presidential hopeful and former member of the group’s political bureau Abdel Monem Aboul-Fotouh. The membership of four others was frozen, including a member of the …

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Brotherhood yet to decide on July 29 protests, says deputy head

By Marwa Al-A’asar CAIRO: While the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) said it rejects the “manifesto of supra-constitutional principles,” it is yet to decide on joining the protests scheduled for July 29 against the manifesto, said deputy group head Rashad Bayoumy on Thursday. “Whether we participate in the demonstrations or not, we totally reject the move,” Bayoumy told …

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Brotherhood party denies organizing counter-protest for Friday

By Brett Borkan CAIRO: The head of the Muslim Brotherhood’s political party on Monday denied allegations that his party is planning a counter-demonstration this Friday to protest the country’s continued sit-ins. In a statement posted on the Freedom and Justice Party’s website, secretary general Mohamed Saad El-Katatney “denied that there is any truth behind what was …

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ElBaradei, FJP agree on guidelines for choosing constituent assembly

By Tamim Elyan CAIRO: Presidential hopeful Mohamed ElBaradei and the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) agreed Sunday on guidelines for the formation of a representative constituent assembly that will draft Egypt’s new constitution following pending general elections. ElBaradei, the first presidential candidate to visit FJP’s headquarters to formally congratulate its leaders on their newly-established …

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Muslim Brotherhood blossoms in Arab Spring

By Sammy Ketz / AFP BAGHDAD: Hailed as the dawn of democracy in the Middle East, the Arab Spring has boosted the Muslim Brotherhood, which has emerged as the major political force in most countries swept by the upheaval. And while they stand a good chance of winning elections due to feeble competition, notably in Egypt …

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Hezbollah, MB, and Western-trained groups hijacked peaceful protests on January 28, says Mubarak lawyer

By Brett Borkan CAIRO: The “peaceful” and “righteous” protests by Egyptian youth for economic and political reform were “swallowed” by Hezbollah fighters who had infiltrated the country and cooperated with the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and US-trained Egyptian elements, lawyer of ousted president Hosni Mubarak told Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper. In an interview published Thursday lawyer Farid …

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Democratic Alliance presents bill of constitutional principles, condemn Cabinet’s PA law

By Tamim Elyan CAIRO: The 28 parties forming the Democratic Alliance presented Thursday a bill of constitutional principles to guide the constituent assembly that will draft the new constitution following PA elections in September. The bill emphasized guaranteeing public freedoms and citizenship, rotation of power through elections, the independence of the judiciary from the executive …

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Key US lawmaker condemns Muslim Brotherhood talks

By AFP WASHINGTON: A key US lawmaker on Friday condemned contacts between President Barack Obama’s administration and Egypt’s once-banned Muslim Brotherhood, warning the group aims to impose strict Islamist law. “I strongly disagree with the Obama Administration’s contacts with the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood,” said Republican Steve Chabot, who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on …

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Muslim Brotherhood welcomes US talks

By Maggie Michael /AP CAIRO: Egypt’s powerful Islamist movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, is willing to hold talks with the United States, a spokesman said Friday, taking up an offer of dialogue seen as an implicit recognition by Washington that the group will likely hold significant political power in Egypt’s post-Hosni Mubarak era. US Secretary of …

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Analysis: US overtures to Egypt Islamists show pragmatism

By Yasmine Saleh/Reuters CAIRO: A US decision to resume contact with the Muslim Brotherhood is a pragmatic move that recognizes its popular appeal in post-revolution Egypt and may also help Washington deal with other Islamist movements in the region. The United States was behind the curve of Arab world politics as popular uprisings swept its …

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