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Egypt Brotherhood member says to seek presidency

By Marwa Awad and Abdelrahman Youssef / Reuters CAIRO: A senior member of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood said he would run for president as an independent, a move that could draw votes from backers of the Islamist group that has said it will not field a candidate. Secular groups and the West are concerned by how much …

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Muslim Brotherhood to contest half of parliament seats

By Tamim Elyan CAIRO: In its official inauguration of its Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the Muslim Brotherhood’s Shoura Council said the party will contest 45-50 percent of seats in the up-coming People’s Assembly elections slated for September. The council, which met over the past two days in the group’s headquarters in Moqattam, east of Cairo, …

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Egypt Brotherhood to join wider election list

By AFP CAIRO: Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has reached agreement in principle to run a joint list with other parties in the next parliamentary elections, its deputy leader said on Wednesday. The heads of the Islamist group and some smaller secular parties agreed to run a united list in the elections, expected in around six months, …

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Security to release Muslim Brotherhood leaders

By AFP CAIRO:- Two senior leaders of the Egyptian opposition Muslim Brotherhood are to be released on Wednesday after nearly six years behind bars, their lawyer told AFP. Khairat Al-Shater — the Islamist group’s number three and one of its main financiers —and businessman Hassan Malek were detained in 2006 and sentenced to seven years …

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Muslim Brotherhood to establish political party

By Marwa Al-A’asar CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood (MB), Egypt’s largest opposition group, will establish a political party named Freedom and Justice, senior member Essam El-Erian told Daily News Egypt Tuesday. “The MB has assigned the specialized institutions inside the group to form the party’s bylaws and principles before taking the necessary legal procedures,” he added. The …

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Islamists want purge of old regime figures

By Muslim Brotherhood CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s largest organized movement, called on Saturday for a purge of former regime figures in government and disbandment of the feared State Security Investigations Service. The Islamist movement, banned in 1954, also called in a statement for a purge of corrupt businessmen and media figures who supported the government. …

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Brotherhood says won’t impose view on Israel treaty

By Tom Perry  / Reuters CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s best-organized political force, said on Friday any decision on the country’s peace treaty with Israel was up to the Egyptian people and it would not impose its view on them. “The decision on the treaty does not belong to the Brotherhood, it belongs to the entire …

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MB says reviewing its stance from dialogue

By Tamim Elyan CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) said that the continuous arrest of its members and the media campaign against the group will have implications on the group’s dialogue with the regime. “The continuous arrest campaigns targeting a large number of MB members by thugs and security personnel and handing them to military police where …

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Tide turns in favor of Egypt’s Brotherhood

By Samia Nakhoul  / Reuters CAIRO: The first time Essam El-Erian went to jail, he was 27. Last Sunday, he left prison for the eighth time at the age of 57. The medical doctor’s crime for each incarceration was belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s most influential and best-organized Islamist opposition movement and long feared by …

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Muslim Brotherhood starts dialogue with government

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: Rashad Bayoumi, deputy leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, told Daily News Egypt that the group and other opposition figures had represented the peoples’ demands to the government in a meeting held Sunday. The group had stressed in a statement issued on Saturday, that they will uphold the protestors’ demands, including the President …

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Muslim Brotherhood organize mass protests in Alexandria on Monday

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood is organizing mass protests in Alexandria on Monday starting 1 pm marching from Al-Qaed Ibrahim Mosque in Al Raml station and another one marching from Ahmed Abou Soleiman Street in Al Raml district in Alexandria. The protests are scheduled to march all around the streets of Alexandria calling …

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Opposition forces call for thousands to join Friday demos

By Safaa Abdoun CAIRO: Egypt’s opposition forces are galvanizing their calls for change through peaceful demonstrations, hoping to enlist thousands to join protests after Friday prayers today. Political movements and parties joining the protests will include the National Association for Change, the April 6 Youth Movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, Kefaya movement and the Popular Parliament. …

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MB, Baradei campaign members cite threats ahead of Jan. 25 protests

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: Members of the Muslim Brotherhood as well as the campaign supporting former IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei said they were interrogated and threatened by security forces in a bid to prevent them from participating in planned nationwide protests on Jan. 25. “A large number of officials in the Brotherhood’s administrative offices in …

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MB says to participate ‘symbolically’ in Jan. 25 demos

By Tamim Elyan CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) said they will participate “symbolically” in protests organized by a number of opposition powers and youth movements on Jan. 25. Local activists called for nationwide protests against torture, poverty, corruption and unemployment for Tuesday, inspired by Tunisia’s overthrow of its autocratic president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. “The …

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Muslim Brotherhood reconsiders refusal to participate in Jan 25 demo

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood said Thursday it’s reconsidering its refusal to participate in the demonstration on Jan. 25 titled “the Egyptian Day of Uprising”.. Prominent MB leader Essam El-Erian had earlier told El-Dostor website that the group wouldn’t participate in the demonstration because it was a public call launched through a Facebook group …

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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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MB member detained among church attack suspects in Alexandria

By Tamim Elyan CAIRO: State security detained 24-year-old Muslim Brotherhood (MB) member Mohamed Ismail on Jan. 5 as part of the investigation in the New Year’s attack on Al-Qeddesine (The Church of the Two Saints), said the MB’s Alexandria office. Ismail, a communications engineer for an industrial company, has been held for a week at the …

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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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Brotherhood denies kidnapping candidate prior to runoffs

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) denied accusations that it kidnapped Magdy Ashour, an MB-affiliated parliamentary candidate in Al-Nozha district of Cairo, to prevent him from contesting in the runoff election on Sunday in defiance of the MB decision to boycott it. Saad El-Katatni, head of the Muslim Brotherhood’s parliamentary bloc, told Daily News …

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MB says NDP rigged votes, mulls withdrawing from elections

By Marwa Al-A’asar CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood accused Tuesday the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) of ballot-rigging during this week’s People’s Assembly (PA) elections, and said it is considering pulling out of the race. In a press conference held just hours before the official election results were announced, head of the MB Mohamed Badie said …

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16 Brotherhood members arrested, as group faces escalation in crackdowns

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: Sixteen members of the Muslim Brotherhood were arrested from their homes in Cairo early Thursday morning, according to the group’s lawyer Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsoud. The defendants haven’t been officially charged or transferred to the prosecution until press time. “They will probably be charged with joining a banned group as usual,” Abdel …

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What chances does the Muslim Brotherhood stand in the upcoming elections?

By Omnia Al Desoukie CAIRO: Unlike some opposition groups in Egypt who are urging a boycott of the upcoming parliamentary elections, the Muslim Brotherhood believe that participating will send a stronger message. Last month, Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie said the group decided to take part in the elections to encourage civic duty on the one hand …

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Egypt MB chief warns of anger if election rigged

By AFP CAIRO: Egypt’s opposition Muslim Brotherhood chief on Tuesday warned the government to “beware” of the people’s anger if it rigs the results of a parliamentary poll this month but ruled out violence by his group. “We are at a time that must see a rallying of efforts and all forces safeguarding the national …

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Brotherhood supporters in Alexandria say assaulted by police

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: Five supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) were attacked by security forces in Alexandria late Monday while hanging posters of MB-affiliated independent candidate Mahmoud Attia, the group said. “A low ranking police officer in uniform held a sword in his right hand and a stick in his left hand and attacked the …

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Protests as MB candidates face obstacles registering for PA elections

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: Thousands of Muslim Brotherhood (MB) members held a demonstration on Thursday at Al-Mansheya square in Alexandria while dozens protested in front of the city’s security directorate, spurred by the prevention of MB-affiliated candidates from submitting their registration papers for the parliamentary elections. “We just want security forces to ease their restrictions on …

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MB questions role of gov’t officials as MPs

By Abdel-Rahman Hussein CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) has questioned the role of members of parliament and other government officials who are running in the People’s Assembly (PA) election in light of new regulations by the Ministry of Information regarding the television coverage granted to these representatives. Minister of Information Anas El-Fiqqi released a press statement …

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