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Egypt presidential election set for May 26, 27

Egypt's electoral commission announced Sunday that the presidential poll will take place May 26 and 27, with former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi seen as the leading candidate. The election would go into a second round if there is no clear winner, but that outcome seems unlikely given Sisi's popularity after the army overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July last year, and the absence of serious contenders. se/jds/hkb

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. sbh-se/kir

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.

Egypt army mandates Sisi bid for president: state media

Egypt's military on Monday gave the green light for its commander Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, to run for the presidency, state media reported. Sisi, who will resign from the army to stand for office, is tipped to easily win a presidential election due to be held by mid-April, with no serious rivals. se/jds/hc

New charges against Egypt's Morsi for 'insulting judiciary'

Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and 24 others, including top activists who opposed him and his predecessor, will stand trial for insulting the judiciary, state media and judicial sources said Sunday. The defendants have been charged for allegedly making comments in the media and online that showed "disrespect and hatred for the courts and the judiciary," state news agency MENA said. It was unclear whether the defendants would be tried together, and the latest charges will be the fourth set of proceedings against Morsi since his ouster.

Egypt youth leader detained for four days

Prominent Egyptian youth leader Ahmed Duma was arrested Tuesday and ordered detained for four days for organising an unauthorised demonstration and assaulting security forces, judicial sources said. Duma is the third pro-democracy activist to be detained within a week, as Egyptian authorities widen their crackdown on protesters since interim president Adly Mansour passed a law on November 24 that bans all unauthorised demonstrations.

Egypt arrests pro-democracy activist, third in a week

Prominent Egyptian youth leader Ahmed Duma was arrested on Tuesday for participating in a protest, his wife told AFP, the third pro-democracy activist to be detained within a week. Egyptian authorities have widened their crackdown on protesters since interim president Adly Mansour passed a law on November 24 that bans all unauthorised demonstrations. "He has been arrested for participating in a violent protest outside a court. He is now being interrogated by the prosecution," Duma's wife Nurhan Hefzy said. Duma also wrote about his arrest on his Twitter account.

Leading secular activist arrested in Egypt

A leading secular activist, Alaa Abdel Fatah, was arrested on Thursday, his wife said. after having been accused of inciting protests in violation of a controversial new law. Security services arrested Alaa Abdel Fattah from his home in a western district of Cairo, his wife, Manal Hassan, tweeted, saying she had been "beaten" during the arrest. The prosecution ordered his arrest Wednesday along with that of another prominent activist, Ahmed Maher, for allegedly defying a law banning all but police-sanctioned protests.

Leading secular activist arrested in Egypt

A leading secular activist, Alaa Abdel Fatah, was arrested on Thursday, his wife said. after having been accused of inciting protests in violation of a controversial new law. Security services arrested Alaa Abdel Fattah from his home in a western district of Cairo, his wife, Manal Hassan, tweeted, saying he had been "beaten" during the arrest. The prosecution ordered his arrest Wednesday along with that of another prominent activist, Ahmed Maher, for allegedly defying a law banning all but police-sanctioned protests.

Palestinian arrested for selling 'Morsi perfume'

Palestinian security services have arrested an Islamist sympathiser in the West Bank for selling perfume named in honour of Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi, family members said on Thursday. Islambuli Badir, a 36-year-old member of Islamist movement Hamas, was arrested during a raid on his perfume shop in the town of Tulkarem, his brother Abdel Fattah Badir told AFP.
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