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Egypt MPs back constitution changes to extend Sisi rule – state media

Apr 16, 2019 - 11:28 PM

(UPDATED) 'The president's current term shall expire at the end of 6 years from the date of his election as president in 2018,' state media reports

Hamas hands over Egypt border crossing to Palestinian Authority

Nov 01, 2017 - 3:54 PM

Hamas hands over control of the Gaza Strip's border with Egypt to the Palestinian Authority, in a first key test of a Palestinian reconciliation accord agreed last month

CHECKPOINT. Portraits of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas hang at the Rafah border crossing with Egypt on November 1, 2017. Said Khatib/AFP

Egypt court jails ousted president Morsi for 20 years

Apr 21, 2015 - 4:32 PM

UPDATED But the court acquits Morsi – Egypt s first freely elected president – of murder charges that could have seen him sentenced to death over the killings of a journalist and two protesters

MOHAMED MORSI. Ousted Egyptian President, Mohammad Morsi, stands in a cage in the courtroom where he stands charged of spying with Qatar, in Cairo, Egypt, 15 February 2015. Namir Galal/ Almasry Alyoum/ EPA

15 killed as clashes mar Egypt revolt anniversary

Jan 26, 2015 - 10:23 AM

At least 150 people are arrested across the country as police disperse protests in which many leftwing demonstrators also participated security officials say

An Egyptian youth with his face painted in his country's national colors at a protest in commemoration of the anniversary day of the 2011 uprising, in Cairo, Egypt, 25 January 2015.  Mohamed Shokry Algarnoussi/Almasry Alyoum/EPA

Egypt court overturns Mubarak 3-year jail term for graft

Jan 13, 2015 - 4:40 PM

An Egyptian court overturns a 3 year prison sentence against ousted president Hosni Mubarak on corruption charges and orders a retrial

VERDICT. A file photo dated 13 April 2013 shows former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak (L) on a stretcher looking on from behind the bars of a cage inside the court room during his trial at the Police Academy in Cairo, Egypt. File photo by Khaled Elfiqi/EPA

Israel accepts Egypt's Gaza truce plan, Hamas says no

Jul 15, 2014 - 4:44 PM

But the resulting calm was short lived with the Israeli army confirming three rockets from Gaza hit southern Israel

RUINS. A Palestinian man walks past a destroyed building in Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, 14 July 2014. Mohammed Saber/EPA

Israel to weigh Egypt Gaza truce, Hamas says no deal

Jul 15, 2014 - 7:25 AM

UPDATED Israel s Operation Protective Edge intended to stamp out militant rocket fire has killed 186 people in Gaza by late Monday

AMID RUIN. A young Palestinian boy walks over debris from a house that was destroyed overnight in an airstrike in Deir Al Balah, central Gaza Strip, 14 July 2014. Oliver Weiken/EPA

Kerry in Egypt to push democracy as US releases aid

Jun 22, 2014 - 5:04 PM

Washington has repeatedly called on Sisi to put the country back on the road to democracy

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Ex-army boss Sisi sworn in as Egypt president

Jun 08, 2014 - 8:44 PM

Sisi s main challenges will be to restore stability and revive the economy after the years of turmoil that followed the ousting of former president Mohamed Morsi

NEW PRESIDENT. Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi had served as the country's defense minister. Photo by Khaled Elfiqi/EPA

Egyptian jihadist group Ansar denies 'leader' slain

May 25, 2014 - 5:00 PM

The group says Shadi al Menei was neither killed nor is he the leader of the group

UNREST. Armored personnel carriers (APC) of the Egyptian Army patrol on a road close to El Gorah in northeastern Sinai, Egypt, 21 May 2013. According to media reports on 23 May 2014, Shadi al-Menei, an Islamist leader of the Ansar Beit al-Maqdis militant group was shot dead in the Sinai Peninsula. File photo by EPA

Sisi stays as defense minister in Egypt's new cabinet

Mar 02, 2014 - 12:53 AM

Sisi has made no secret of his intention to stand for president despite not yet announcing his candidacy

DEFENSE MINISTER. A file photograph showing Egyptian Minister of Defense Abdel Fattah al-Sissi in Cairo, Egypt, 20 September 2013. Photo by Khaled Elfiqi/EPA

Egypt awaits outcome of key electoral test after Morsi ouster

Jan 16, 2014 - 9:12 AM

Army chief Abdel Fattah al Sisi will closely monitor turnout as he mulls standing for the presidency himself in an election promised for later this year

YES OR NO? An elderly Egyptian woman casts her ballot paper during the referendum on the draft constitution, in Luxor, Egypt, 14 January 2014. Radwan Abul Magd/Almasry Alyoum/EPA

Egypt draft charter handed over ahead of referendum

Dec 04, 2013 - 8:08 AM

The vote on the draft charter has been billed as the first stage in a democratic transition promised by the military installed authorities

EXPULSION. Egypt expels the Turkish ambassador.

Protests as Egypt army retains powers in draft charter

Dec 02, 2013 - 8:39 AM

The charter approved by the 50 member panel allows the military to prosecute civilians in some cases appoint the defense minister and keep its budget beyond any civilian scrutiny

PRAYERS IN TAHRIR. Egyptian students supporting the Muslim Brotherhood pray upon their arrival to protest in Tahrir square, Cairo, Egypt, 01 December 2013. EPA/Hazem Abd Elhamed/Almasry Alyoum

Protesters wounded as Egypt police storm Tahrir Square

Nov 20, 2013 - 8:24 AM

A health ministry official said at least 16 people had been injured in the clashes

MORE PROTESTS. Egyptians activists shout slogans as they rally near Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, 19 November 2013. EPA/Al-Masry al-Youm

Egypt prosecutor clears Mubarak for release: judiciary

Aug 22, 2013 - 9:12 PM

Ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak could be released after judges ruled he could no longer be imprisoned during his retrial on corruption and murder charges

HOSNI MUBARAK. An image grab taken from Egyptian state TV shows the ousted Egyptian president gesturing behind bars during a hearing in his retrial at the police academy in Cairo. Photo by AFP/Egyptian TV

Egypt military orders house arrest for Mubarak if freed – state TV

Aug 22, 2013 - 4:21 AM

UPDATED Citing the emergency law the deputy military ruler orders Mubarak to be placed under house arrest if freed

HOSNI MUBARAK. An image grab taken from Egyptian state TV shows ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak gesturing behind bars during a hearing in his retrial at the police academy in Cairo on July 6, 2013. While Mubarak has been granted conditional release in one of the corruption cases against him, an additional corruption case keeps him in custody. AFP PHOTO/EGYPTIAN TV

Qaeda chief Zawahiri accuses US of 'plotting' Morsi ouster

Aug 03, 2013 - 9:19 AM

Crusaders and secularists and the Americanised army have converged with Gulf money and American plotting to topple Mohamed Morsi s government he said

Egyptians throng streets in support of army-backed revolt

Jul 08, 2013 - 10:25 AM

The Egyptian people rallied on Sunday in support of the popular military overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi

PROTESTS. Supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi gather as they protest near the headquarters of the Republican Guard, in Cairo, Egypt, 06 July 2013. Photo by EPA/KHALED ELFIQI

Egypt court orders cancellation of April 22 legislative vote

Mar 06, 2013 - 10:58 PM

Egypt s administrative court on Wednesday ordered the cancellation of controversial parliamentary elections scheduled for April 22 throwing the country deeper into political crisis

Egypt opposition calls for protests on revolt anniversary

Jan 21, 2013 - 9:05 PM

Egypt s opposition has called for demonstrations across the country on Friday January 25 the second anniversary of the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak to protest against mounting mistakes by the ruling Islamists

Egypt's Morsi downplays economic crisis

Dec 29, 2012 - 11:42 PM

Egypt s President Mohamed Morsi downplayed on Saturday December 29 the country s teetering economy before a newly empowered senate and insisted that a new constitution that fueled protests guaranteed equality

Egypt Islamists say charter passed in referendum

Dec 23, 2012 - 3:24 PM

A majority of Egyptians back a controversial charter in a two round referendum as the secular leaning opposition alleged fraud and mulled its next move

Egypt Islamists claim lead in constitution vote

Dec 23, 2012 - 9:00 AM

Egypt s ruling Islamists claimed Sunday December 23 that preliminary referendum results showed strong backing for a divisive constitution rejected by the secular opposition hours after polls closed and tallying began

Low turnout for Egypt protests ahead of referendum

Dec 19, 2012 - 8:47 AM

Analysts cautioned that adoption of the proposed charter would not heal the deep divisions gripping the Arab world s most populous country

Egypt braces for rival protests on referendum

Dec 11, 2012 - 11:04 AM

Egypt is bracing for rival protests in Cairo on Tuesday December 11 over a bitterly divisive referendum on a new constitution prompting President Mohamed Morsi to order the army to help preserve security

Egypt's Morsi strikes down controversial decree

Dec 09, 2012 - 8:46 AM

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on Saturday December 8 backed down in a dire political crisis marked by weeks of street protests after the powerful army gave an ultimatum to him and the opposition to sit down for talks

A handout picture released by the Egyptian presidency on December 8, 2012, shows Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi (Top C) meets with Sunni Islam's top authority and the head of Cairo's Al-Azhar university, Sheikh Mohammed Sayyed Tantawi (4th R) and other politicians. AFP PHOTO/HO/EGYPTIAN PRESIDENCY

New Egypt protests called as Morsi stays defiant

Dec 07, 2012 - 3:39 PM

Demonstrations will continue after Morsi s announcement that a controversial constitutional referendum will push through

'DICTATOR' MORSI? Egypt's Islamist President Mohamed Morsi waves to his supporters in front of the presidential palace in Cairo on November 23. AFP Photo/STR

Egypt crisis turns violent as five die in clashes

Dec 06, 2012 - 10:14 AM

UPDATED Five demonstrators died overnight Thursday December 6 in the worst violence since Mohamed Morsi became Egypt s first Islamist president in June

CAIRO CLASHES. Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi clash with anti-Morsi demonstrators on the road leading to the Egyptian presidential palace in Cairo on December 5, 2012. AFP PHOTO/MAHMOUD KHALED

Egypt protesters encircle presidential palace

Dec 05, 2012 - 8:02 AM

Tens of thousands of Egyptian demonstrators encircled the presidential palace Tuesday December 4 after riot police failed to keep them at bay with tear gas in a growing crisis over President Mohamed Morsi s decree widening his powers

PROTESTS. Egyptians, some holding up placards that reads in Arabic, "No to the constitution", and some shouting slogans march to the Egyptian Presidential palace to protest against the new constitution and Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's decree on December 4, 2012, in Cairo.  AFP PHOTO/MAHMOUD KHALED

Egypt's Morsi calls constitution referendum as rifts widen

Dec 01, 2012 - 6:59 PM

UPDATED Mohamed Morsi called on Egyptians to vote in a December 15 referendum on the controversial draft constitution at the heart of a political crisis amid mass Islamist rallies in Cairo

Egypt's leader under pressure as protesters decry power grab

Nov 28, 2012 - 11:17 AM

Tens of thousands have packed Tahrir Square to protest a power grab by Mohamed Morsi piling pressure on Egypt s Islamist president as he faces his most divisive crisis since taking power in June

BACK AT TAHRIR. Tens of thousands people take part in a mass rally against a decree by President Mohamed Morsi granting himself broad powers on November 27, 2012 at Egypt's landmark Tahir Square in Cairo. AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Morsi sticks by disputed decree after meeting judges

Nov 27, 2012 - 7:38 AM

Egypt s President Mohamed Morsi on Monday November 26 stuck by a controversial decree granting him sweeping powers on the eve of planned nationwide rallies to protest the move

"DICTATOR" MORSI? Egypt's Islamist President Mohamed Morsi waves to his supporters in front of the presidential palace in Cairo on November 23, 2012. AFP PHOTO/STR

Morsi urges dialogue as tensions over new powers rise

Nov 26, 2012 - 8:49 AM

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi said on Sunday November 25 the sweeping new powers he has assumed are only temporary and called for dialogue

"DICTATOR" MORSI? Egypt's Islamist President Mohamed Morsi waves to his supporters in front of the presidential palace in Cairo on November 23, 2012. AFP PHOTO/STR

Egypt struggles to deliver new constitution

Oct 15, 2012 - 4:30 PM

Bogged down by disagreements between Islamists and secularists the committee tasked with drafting Egypt s new constitution supposed to reflect the values of the 2011 uprising is struggling to deliver

Army chief 'retired' in surprise Egypt shake up

Aug 13, 2012 - 12:23 PM

Egypt s President Mohammed Morsi ordered the surprise retirement of his powerful defense minister and scrapped a constitutional document which handed sweeping powers to the military

FORCED RETIREMENT. A handout picture released by the Egyptian presidency on July 9, 2012 shows Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi (C), head of the military council Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi (L) and armed forces chief Sami Anan (R) attending a graduation ceremony of military cadets in Cairo. Morsi replaced Defence Minister Tantawi and sent him into retirement, official news agency MENA reported on August 12, 2012, adding that Anan was also retired. AFP PHOTO/EGYPTIAN PRESIDENCY

Defiant Egypt parliament meets amid legal crisis

Jul 11, 2012 - 2:31 PM

Egypt s Supreme Constitutional Court froze on Tuesday July 10 a presidential decree reinstating the Islamist led parliament hours after the lower house convened in defiance of the judiciary and military

Egypt's Morsi defies military with return of parliament

Jul 09, 2012 - 4:47 PM

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has ordered the return of the dissolved parliament in a challenge to the powerful military that had enforced a court decision to disband the Islamist led legislature

Egypt delays poll results, ousted president in coma

Jun 21, 2012 - 10:24 AM

Egypt s election commission delayed the announcement of presidential results scheduled for Thursday June 21 as tension spiked over who will succeed ailing ousted president Hosni Mubarak after moves by the ruling military to extend powers

Egyptians vote for Mubarak successor in historic poll

May 23, 2012 - 5:22 PM

Egyptians were voting Wednesday May 23 in historic presidential elections contested by Islamists and secularists promising different futures for the country after the overthrow of veteran dictator Hosni Mubarak

HISTORIC. An Egyptian man casts his ballot inside a polling station in Cairo on May 23, 2012, during the country's historic presidential election, the first since a popular uprising toppled Hosni Mubarak. AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARI