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Losing Egypt Candidate Flees Country

Ahmed Shafiq faces investigation from Mubarak days

(Newser) - With his presidential bid thwarted, people cursing him in the streets, and an investigation looming, Ahmed Shafiq decided to get out of Dodge today. A Cairo airport official says Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister left the country at dawn today, just hours after the country's prosecutor general opened... More »

Islamist Morsi Wins Egypt Election

Results announced by election commission give win to Muslim Brotherhood-backed candidate

(Newser) - Islamist Mohamed Morsi has won Egypt's closely contested presidential runoff election, the country's election commission said today in a protracted announcement that held an entire nation mesmerized, reports al-Jazeera . Morsi triumphed over Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq, garnering almost 52% of the vote, reports the... More »

Egypt on High Alert Ahead of Vote Results

Both candidates' supporters flood streets, fears of violence grow

(Newser) - Authorities deployed extra security forces in Cairo streets and near key state institutions and police were ordered to "confront with firmness" any violation of the law just hours ahead of the official announcement of Egypt's highly disputed presidential election results. The June 16-17 runoff vote between the Muslim... More »

Egyptians Again Pack Tahrir Square

Protest against military rule

(Newser) - Once again, thousands of Egyptians are protesting in Tahrir Square, this time against the military's power grab following the country's first free presidential election. Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters chanted, "Down with military rule," and are expected to be joined by secular groups later today. But... More »

Egypt Delays Election Result

Officials: We need time to probe violation reports

(Newser) - Egypt's election authority is delaying releasing the results of the presidential election—probably for "a day or two"—while it investigates hundreds of complaints of electoral violations made by rival candidates Mohamed Morsi and Ahmed Shafiq. Muslim Brotherhood candidate Morsi, and Shafiq, ousted leader Hosni Mubarak's... More »

Mubarak on Life Support

Military denies ex-leader is 'clinically dead' as both candidates declare victory

(Newser) - Egypt's Hosni Mubarak is being kept alive by life support after he was rushed from prison to a military hospital in a rapidly worsening condition, officials said. The state news agency MENA said Mubarak was "clinically dead" when he arrived at the hospital, and that doctors used a... 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 »

Egypt Votes Amid Turmoil

Nation electing a president after military power play

(Newser) - Egyptians began voting today to determine who will be the first president in the post-Mubarak era, but the mood is anything but celebratory. This week's stunning move by military leaders to dissolve parliament and essentially consolidate power has overshadowed the race between the two candidates, which is in itself... More »

Egypt Primed for Revolution Again After 'Soft Coup'

Demonstrations called for after ruling hands power to military

(Newser) - All eyes are on Egypt today, after its Supreme Constitutional Court dissolved parliament , handing the military power in what many are calling a "soft" or "smooth" coup. "The court is not neutral," one Council on Foreign Relations scholar tells CNN . "It is very much part... More »

Court OKs Mubarak PM's Run, Dissolves Parliament

Despite legislation banning old regime figures from running for office

(Newser) - Big election-related news out of Egypt: Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister is still in the presidential race, but all of parliament is out on its head. Legislation had barred former regime figures from running for office, but today's ruling gives Ahmed Shafiq the green light to engage in... More »

Egyptians Back in Tahrir Square, But...

...They may not be doing any good

(Newser) - Thousands of protesters gathered in Tahrir Square today, for what had been hyped as a "Million Man (March) of Justice" in opposition of presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq . Marches converged on the square from points around Cairo, led by defeated presidential candidates Hamdeen Sabahi, a liberal, and Abdel Aboul Fotouh,... More »

Crowd Attacks HQ of Egyptian Presidential Candidate

Ahmed Shafiq's headquarters catches fire

(Newser) - Protesters stormed the campaign headquarters of an Egyptian presidential candidate today just hours after officials announced he would take part in a run-off election next month, Reuters reports. The headquarters of law-and-order candidate Ahmed Shafiq even caught fire, but the flames were quickly put out and there were no reports... 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 »

Egypt Army Ousts PM on Facebook

Former transport minister Essam Sharaf to form new government

(Newser) - Egypt’s military has “decided to accept the resignation of Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq,” the Supreme Council of Armed Forces announced in a Facebook post today. A spokesman then confirmed the move for Al Jazeera . Shafiq, who was hand-picked by Hosni Mubarak just before his ouster, will be... More »

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