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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.

Egyptian approves draft law barring challenges to contracts

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's cabinet approved a draft investment law on Thursday that prevents third parties from challenging contracts made between the government and an investor, two government officials said, a move that could boost the struggling economy. Hobbled by political turmoil since a popular uprising toppled autocratic president Hosni Mubarak in 2011, Egypt badly needs foreign investors, who have been unnerved by legal challenges to deals. (Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

Sisi meets Egypt army brass to quit ahead of poll

Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was in a meeting with the top military brass Wednesday at which he was expected to resign ahead of a likely presidential bid, state media reported. Interim president Adly Mansour later joined the meeting, after returning from an Arab League summit in Kuwait, the military said. Before starting the meeting with the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, Sisi gathered his belongings at his office in the defence ministry, the official newspaper Al-Ahram reported on its website.

529 Morsi supporters sentenced to death in Egypt

A court sentenced 529 supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to death on Monday after just two hearings, in the largest mass death sentencing in Egypt's modern history. Legal experts said the shock verdict would likely be overturned on appeal because the court had rushed the trial without following the required procedures. The ruling in the southern province of Minya came amid a sweeping crackdown on Morsi's supporters since his overthrow by the army last July.

Egypt court bails prominent leftwing activist

An Egyptian court released on bail a leading leftwing activist on trial for joining an unsanctioned and violent protest Sunday, as the army-installed regime seeks to quell political unrest. Alaa Abdel Fattah and 24 others are accused of taking part in a violent protest last November outside the senate, where a panel drafted a new constitution giving the army broader powers.

Egypt court bails prominent leftwing activist

An Egyptian court released a leading leftwing activist on trial for joining an unsanctioned and violent protest on bail Sunday, as the army-installed regime seeks to quell political unrest. Alaa Abdel Fattah and 24 others are accused of taking part in a violent protest last November outside the senate, where a panel drafted a new constitution giving the army broader powers.

Egypt court bails prominent leftwing activist

An Egyptian court released a leading leftwing activist on trial for joining an unsanctioned and violent protest on bail Sunday, as the army-installed regime seeks to quell political unrest. Alaa Abdel Fattah and 24 others are accused of taking part in a violent protest last November outside the senate, where a panel drafted a new constitution giving the army broader powers.

Egypt court bails leading leftist activist Abdel Fattah

An Egyptian court released on bail Sunday leading leftwing activist Alaa Abdel Fattah, in the opening session of his trial on charges of participating in an illegal and violent protest. Abdel Fattah, a prominent youth leader of the 2011 uprising that overthrew president Hosni Mubarak, was arrested last November for taking part in a protest against widened military powers under the new army-appointed regime. The interim government, appointed after the overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July, has cracked down on both Islamists and secular opponents.

Prominent Egypt leftwing activist goes on trial

A leftwing activist who played a prominent role in the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak stands trial on Sunday amid a crackdown on protests by Egypt's new military-installed regime. Alaa Abdel Fattah, who also opposed Mubarak's deposed Islamist successor Mohamed Morsi, is charged with taking part in an unauthorised and violent protest along with 24 co-defendants. His trial is set to begin as another court resumes the trial of Morsi, ousted by the military in July, on charges of involvement in the killing of opposition activists during his single year in power.

Mubarak's last PM backs Sisi for Egypt's president

The candidate who lost Egypt's 2012 presidential election reiterated his support Thursday for the army chief as president but also slammed the military for initially backing his candidacy openly. Ahmed Shafiq -- fallen strongman Hosni Mubarak's last premier -- endorsed Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, whose popularity surged afer he ousted the Islamist Mohamed Morsi last July following mass street protests against his turbulent year-long rule.
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