Egyptian presidency

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Egypt Swears In a New President

El-Sissi replaces Mohamed Morsi less than a year after he ousted him

(Newser) - Egypt's former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was sworn in today as president for a four-year term, taking the reins of power in a nation roiled since 2011 by deadly unrest and economic woes. El-Sissi's inauguration came less than a year after the 59-year-old career infantry officer ousted the... More »

In Surprise, Egypt's Government Resigns

Most media reports say it's so al-Sisi can run for president

(Newser) - In what the AP is calling a "surprise move," Egypt's interim PM today announced that the country's 7-month-old military-backed government will resign. Hazem el-Beblawi made the announcement regarding his Cabinet in a live TV address; it's unclear whether he'll helm the replacement government or... More »

What's a 4-Letter Word for Military Ouster?

You won't catch the White House saying 'coup': Dana Milbank

(Newser) - Here are some of the words the White House has used to describe the situation in Egypt, as rounded up by Dana Milbank in the Washington Post : incredibly complex, uncertain, polarized, challenging, transitional, and fluid. And here's the one word the administration keeps avoiding: coup. Because if it's... More »

Egypt's Brotherhood: Constitution Passed With 64%

Official results due tomorrow as opposition claims irregularities

(Newser) - Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood claimed today that the Islamist-backed constitution has passed with a 64% "yes" vote, the day after the final voting in a two-round referendum that deeply divided the country. The constitution's critics, however, may contest the outcome. "We are questioning the results," said... More »

Egypt's Morsi Cans Top Brass, Appoints VP

Orders top officials to retire, revokes military powers

(Newser) - Egypt's president has ordered the defense minister and chief of staff to retire and has canceled the military-declared constitutional amendments that gave top generals wide powers. President Mohammed Morsi also appointed a senior judge, Mahmoud Mekki, as vice president. The decisions announced today are effective immediately. A spokesman said... More »

Egypt's Top Court, Military: Ruling on Parliament Final

President Morsi sits grim-faced with officers at military ceremony

(Newser) - Egypt's highest court insisted today that its ruling to invalidate the Islamist-dominated parliament was final and binding, setting up a showdown with the country's newly elected president after he ordered lawmakers to return. The announcement on state TV came a day after President Mohammed Morsi recalled the legislators,... More »

Egypt's Military Grabs Power After Election

As election results come in, military takes power from presidency

(Newser) - Egypt was thrown into turmoil yesterday, after Egypt's military issued a decree taking most powers away from the country's newly elected president. Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi claimed victory over Ahmed Shafiq, Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister, in the country's first free presidential election, but just... More »

In Egypt, Campaign 2.0 Looks a Lot Like Old Days

Same old Brotherhood, military divide, as new generation shut out

(Newser) - Egypt's top two vote-getters are heading into a runoff looking to broaden their traditional bases and shore up a vast middle ground, reports the AP . Neither are revolutionaries: Former air force commander Ahmed Shafiq and Islamist Mohamed Morsi represent the decades-old divide between the military and the Muslim Brotherhood,... More »

Muslim Brotherhood Runs Millionaire for Egypt Presidency

Candidate reverses promise not to participate in presidency

(Newser) - The Muslim Brotherhood had insisted it would not run a candidate in Egypt's presidential elections, but growing conflicts with military rulers have spurred the Brotherhood to reverse course and nominate a candidate, reports al-Jazeera . The move is expected not only to increase tensions with the military, but also with... More »

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