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Special Report: How the Muslim Brotherhood lost Egypt

By Edmund Blair, Paul Taylor and Tom Perry CAIRO (Reuters) - When Egyptians poured onto the streets in their millions to demand the fall of President Hosni Mubarak in 2011, few thought they would return two years later demonstrating for the overthrow of the man they elected to replace him. The stunning fall from power of President Mohamed Mursi, and the Muslim Brotherhood which backed him, has upended politics in the volatile Middle East for a second time after the Arab Spring uprisings toppled veteran autocrats.

Mursi's brother stands by Egyptian army in home village

By Maggie Fick AL-ADWA, Egypt (Reuters) - Even though they ousted his brother from office, Sayed Mursi does not have a bad word to say about Egypt's military. "I have boundless confidence in the army," Sayed said, sitting in his sparse, drafty house, a picture of deposed president Mohamed Mursi hanging on the wall next to a framed verse from the Quran.

Brave faces at Cairo's pro-Mursi vigil belie fear of rallies

By Shadia Nasralla CAIRO (Reuters) - Supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi camping on the streets of Cairo are stocking up with bandages and syringes ahead of mass rallies called by the army that deposed him. And mounting guard with barricades, helmets and sticks. Since Mursi was toppled three weeks ago, more than 100 people, mainly supporters of his Muslim Brotherhood, have died in clashes between his supporters, his opponents and the security forces.

Egypt army chief calls for rallies against violence

By Asma Alsharif and Tom Perry CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's military chief called for mass rallies on Friday to give the army a mandate to confront violence following the overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, appearing to up the ante against the Muslim Brotherhood. General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who deposed Mursi on July 3 and replaced his government with a new interim administration, also said there would be no retreat from the army-backed roadmap that envisions parliamentary elections within six months.

Family of Egypt's Mursi alleges abduction, new clashes in Cairo

By Maggie Fick and Tom Finn CAIRO (Reuters) - The family of Egypt's ousted Islamist president said on Monday it would take legal action against the army as his supporters and opponents clashed in street battles in Cairo. Mohamed Mursi has been held at an undisclosed military facility since the army deposed him on July 3 and suspended the constitution in the wake of street protests against his one-year rule. The army says he is being held for his own safety.

Family of Egypt's Mursi alleges abduction, new clashes in Cairo

By Maggie Fick and Asma Alsharif CAIRO (Reuters) - The family of Egypt's ousted Islamist president said on Monday it would take legal action against the army as his supporters and opponents clashed in street battles in central Cairo. Mohamed Mursi has been held at an undisclosed military facility since the army deposed him on July 3 and suspended the constitution in the wake of demonstrations against his one-year rule. The army says he is being held for his own safety.

Exclusive: Egypt's "road not taken" could have saved Mursi

By Paul Taylor CAIRO/PARIS (Reuters) - Mohamed Mursi might still be president of Egypt today if he had grasped a political deal brokered by the European Union with opposition parties in April, Egyptian politicians and Western diplomats say. Convinced that election victories gave them a sufficient basis to rule, Mursi and his Muslim Brotherhood spurned the offer to bridge the most populous Arab nation's deep political divide. Less than three months later, the army overthrew him after mass anti-government protests.

Egyptian families put lives on hold at vigil for ousted leader

By Shadia Nasralla CAIRO (Reuters) - Murad Mohamed Mahmoud, an Egyptian civil servant, was saving up to go on a pilgrimage to Mecca. Instead, he is using the money to allow his family to join a three week old vigil in Cairo for supporters of ousted President Mohamed Mursi. Mahmoud, his 39 relatives and hundreds of other families from across the country have put their lives on hold to join the sit-in at the Rabaa Adawiya mosque. They say they will stay until Mursi is reinstalled.

Egypt government takes shape

By Noah Browning and Shadia Nasralla CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's interim prime minister filled senior posts on Sunday in a cabinet that will lead the country under an army-backed "road map" to restore civilian rule following overthrow of elected President Mohamed Mursi. Hazem el-Beblawi, a 76-year-old liberal economist appointed interim prime minister last week, is tapping technocrats and liberals for an administration to govern under a temporary constitution until parliamentary elections in about six months.

Isolated, hot, angry: fasting Mursi backers keep Cairo vigil

By Alexander Dziadosz CAIRO (Reuters) - Two incongruous additions to a vigil held by thousands of supporters of Egypt's deposed President Mohamed Mursi suggest the protesters don't intend to move soon - at least not without a fight. The first is a glittering strand of confetti over the road by the entrance to mark Wednesday's start of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting which protesters intend to spend camping out by a mosque in northeastern Cairo.
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