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Defiant Egypt workers pose challenge to next president

Egypt's next president will have to contend with frustrated workers who have threatened a new wave of nationwide strikes if their demands are not met by an already cash-strapped government. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the ex-army chief who overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last July and is hailed by supporters as a tough leader who can restore stability, is widely expected to win next month's election.

Egyptian leftist submits bid for presidency

Egyptian leftist Hamdeen Sabbahi on Saturday submitted the documents required to run in next month's presidential election, in which he is seen as the main rival to former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Sisi, who is riding a wave of popularity after ousting Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last July amid massive street protests, is widely expected to win the May 26-27 election. "With God's will, we will wage a great and victorious battle," Sabbahi, told his supporters after submitting his candidacy to the electoral commission.

Egyptian leftist submits bid for presidency

Egyptian leftist Hamdeen Sabbahi on Saturday submitted the documents required to run in next month's presidential election, in which he is seen as the main rival to former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Sisi, who is riding a wave of popularity after ousting Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last July amid massive street protests, is widely expected to win the May 26-27 election. "With God's will, we will wage a great and victorious battle," Sabbahi, told his supporters after submitting his candidacy to the electoral commission.

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.
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