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Mubarak has heart problems in questioning

CAIRO – Hosni Mubarak was in hospital after suffering heart problems under questioning, following protests by hard-core reformists who said he was being protected from prosecution by Egypt’s military rulers.
The former Egyptian president fell ill on Tuesday during an inquiry into the killing of protesters in a revolution that toppled him and into corruption in his administration.
Egypt’s generals, in charge since Mubarak quit on Feb. 11, have faced increasingly loud calls

Egypt’s military issues interim constitution

CAIRO – Egypt’s military rulers on Wednesday issued an interim constitution under which the transitional administration will run the country until elections allow power to be returned to an elected government.
The decree, read by a member of the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, confirmed that the military would hold presidential powers until a new head of state is elected.
The interim constitution’s 62 articles included amended sections of the old constitution

Egypt’s next transition steps this week

CAIRO – Egypt’s ruling military council will announce a constitutional decree within the next two days that will chart the path towards elections and civilian rule, a security source said on Tuesday. The decree will set a timeframe for parliamentary elections, expected in September of this year, and the presidential polls that will follow them, the source said. “The constitutional decree will set a roadmap for the steps ahead with a timetable for elections and the laws to be passed to

Egypt’s Muslim Brothers aim to form political party

CAIRO – Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood on Tuesday said it will form a political party in the wake of the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak’s regime, which banned but broadly tolerated the Islamist opposition group.
“The Muslim Brotherhood believes in the freedom to form parties and is therefore determined to have its own political party,” Mohammed Mursi, a member of the group’s political bureau, said in a statement. “All that prevented the group from achieving this demand was the law on

Egypt’s embattled regime launches charm offensive

CAIRO – Egypt’s increasingly isolated regime, once disdainful of the media, has launched a charm offensive in a bid to sap the momentum of massive protests calling for President Hosni Mubarak’s overthrow.
Ministers are speaking to the press far more often, their remarks are more conciliatory, and the state-run media has belatedly started to use positive terms to refer to the “Revolution of January 25.” The government is “making an enormous effort to communicate,” political

Protesters keep Egypt’s bureaucratic heart paralysed

CAIRO – Dozens of employees and clients waited anxiously on Monday outside Egypt’s central administrative complex, Mugamma el-Tahrir, as opposition protesters occupying Tahrir Square blocked all entrances. “Protesters have prevented us from getting in,” said Kamal, who idled with a group of colleagues some 20 metres yards away from imposing slab of a building, the heart of Egypt’s highly bureaucratic state machine.
Separating them from the building, which reportedly houses 14

Famous faces lend voice to Egypt’s protests

CAIRO – Egypt’s cultural glitterati have joined thousands of protesters from all walks of life calling for an immediate end to President Hosni Mubarak 30-year-rule. Khalid Abdalla, a British-Egyptian actor known for his lead role in the 2007 adaptation of KhaledHosseini’s “The Kite Runner,” was among the crowd on Cairo’s Tahrir (Liberation) square on Saturday.
“I’m here because I’m asking for Mubarak to step down,” Abdalla, 30, told Reuters. “I’ve been here since Friday before

Egypt’s ruling party top body resigns en masse

CAIRO – The top executive committee of Egypt’s ruling National Democratic Party (NDP), which includes strongman Hosni Mubarak’s son Gamal, resigned en masse on Saturday, state television reported. “The members of the executive committee resigned from their posts.
It was decided to name Hossam Badrawi secretary general of the party,” the regime’s channel announced amid ongoing opposition street protests. The NDP executive has six members, including its secretary general. Gamal