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Egypt jails ex-presidential hopeful for fraud

A court jailed a Salafist leader to seven years for fraud Wednesday for keeping his mother's US citizenship secret when filing candidacy papers in Egypt's 2012 presidential election. The country's electoral law stipulates that a candidate's parents must hold only Egyptian citizenship. Judicial sources said Hazim Abu Ismail was sentenced for not revealing his mother's nationality when he filed to stand in the 2012 election that was won by the Islamist Mohamed Morsi.

Egypt presidential hopeful urges political unity

Egypt's leftist leader, the ex-army chief's main rival in next month's presidential election, Wednesday urged all revolutionary groups to unite, as a liberal party threw its weight behind him. Hamdeen Sabbahi, who has emerged as the main challenger to former field marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in the May 26-27 vote, also reiterated that the military should stay out of politics. Sabbahi came third in the 2012 presidential election won by Islamist Mohamed Morsi, whom Sisi ousted last July.

Egyptian court jails 119 Mursi supporters

CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court sentenced 119 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood of former president Mohamed Mursi to three years each in prison on Wednesday in connection with protests last October against his overthrow, judicial sources said. More than 50 people were killed in the October 6 protests called by Mursi's supporters, one of the bloodiest days since his overthrow by the military on July 3. Judge Hazem Hashad acquitted six people in the case. They faced charges including unlawful assembly and thuggery.

Egyptian court jails 119 Mursi supporters

CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court sentenced 119 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood of former president Mohamed Mursi to three years each in prison on Wednesday in connection with protests last October against his overthrow, judicial sources said. More than 50 people were killed in the October 6 protests called by Mursi supporters. Judge Hazem Hashad acquitted six people in the case. They faced charged including unlawful assembly and thuggery. (Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by John Stonestreet)

Supporters of Egypt candidate jostle for campaign space

Supporters of Egyptian presidential hopeful Hamdeen Sabbahi are caught in a turf war as they jostle for campaign space in a vote expected to be swept by ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. The leftist leader, a longtime opposition figure, was third in the 2012 presidential election won by Islamist Mohamed Morsi, who was ousted by Sisi last July. Sabbahi's followers recently arrived at a Cairo roundabout for a rally, only to find it occupied by supporters of Sisi, frontrunner in the May 26-27 election.

Egypt's Sisi submits bid for president

Egypt's ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday officially submitted his bid to run for president, with his lawyer handing over the required documents to the authorities, a spokesman said. Sisi, who is riding on a wave of popularity after ousting Islamist leader Mohamed Morsi in July, is widely expected to win the May 26-27 election. The 59-year-old had declared his intention to run for president in late March.

Sisi makes pre-vote campaign splash in Egypt

A huge poster of former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi stands tall near Cairo's iconic Tahrir Square, one of thousands that have sprung up across Egypt. Less than three weeks before the launch of official campaigning for the May 26-27 presidential election, supporters of Field Marshal Sisi, the odds-on favourite, are raring to go. On television, social media networks or stands selling election merchandise, Sisi is omnipresent, with no stone unturned in unofficial campaigning.

Sisi makes pre-vote campaign splash in Egypt

A huge poster of former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi stands tall near Cairo's iconic Tahrir Square, one of thousands that have sprung up across Egypt. Less than three weeks before the launch of official campaigning for the May 26-27 presidential election, supporters of Field Marshal Sisi, the odds-on favourite, are raring to go. On television, social media networks or stands selling election merchandise, Sisi is omnipresent, with no stone unturned in unofficial campaigning.

Egypt battles energy crunch with ban on too-cold air conditioners

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt, grappling with an energy crunch, will enforce a ban on the production and import of air conditioners that can be set lower than 20 degrees Celsius, aiming to reassure citizens and industry hit with power cuts and fuel shortages. The failure of successive governments in Cairo to develop sound energy policies has discouraged foreign companies from tapping gas reserves needed to meet increasing consumption in the most populous Arab country.

Egyptian hardline Islamist leader jailed for one year

CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court sentenced a hardline Islamist former presidential hopeful to one year in prison on Saturday for insulting the court, state news agency MENA reported. Salafist preacher Hazem Salah Abu Ismail is on trial for fraud in a case related to presidential elections in 2012 which brought the now ousted President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood to power.
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