Mohamed Mursi

Arab Spring nations in turmoil as unrest spreads across Egypt and Tunisia

Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi protest in Cairo's Rabaa Adawiya square. At least 70 people died on Saturday after security forces attacked Mursi backers. Photo: Reuters

Arab Spring nations were in turmoil yesterday as violent protests rocked Egypt and Tunisia and thousands of prisoners escaped from a Libyan prison following a wave of assassinations.

Monday, 29 July, 2013, 6:17am

Egypt activist death reignites police reform calls

A protester throws a stone at riot policemen in Cairo on Monday. Photo: Reuters

Fierce clashes broke out in the Nile Delta on Monday between demonstrators and riot police after the funeral of an activist who died in custody, witnesses said, amid a growing backlash against police abuses.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Egypt judges up political stakes with referendum boycott

Egypt's top court postponed a hearing that could see the country's Islamist-controlled constituent assembly and upper house of parliament dissolved, after thousands of Islamist protesters surrounded the court building in Cairo.

Egyptian judges refused on Sunday to oversee a referendum due in less than two weeks on a controversial new constitution drafted by an Islamist-dominated panel, sharply upping the stakes of a standoff with the Islamist president.

3 Dec 2012 - 5:31am

Egypt's draft constitution vague on specifics

Mursi (right) receives a copy of new constitution. Photo: EPA

The draft constitution on which Egyptians will vote on December 15 is supposed to usher in the kind of democratic reform that demonstrators demanded nearly two years ago in protests that led to the fall of then-president Hosni Mubarak. Yet the rushed document is peppered with caveats and does little to clarify what role government should have in a democratically ruled Egypt.

3 Dec 2012 - 4:24am

Protests force Egypt court to delay ruling on constituent assembly

Hundreds of supporters of Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi protest outside the Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo on Sunday. Photo: AFP

Hundreds of supporters of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi protested Sunday outside a top Egyptian court, forcing judges to delay a hearing on a constitutional panel at the heart of a deepening crisis.

2 Dec 2012 - 6:13pm

Mursi calls Dec. 15 referendum on new constitution

Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi (right) receives the final draft of Egypt's constitution from Hossam El-Gheriany, head of the Constituent Assembly on Saturday. Photo: Xinhua

Egypt’s President Mohamed Mursi called a Dec. 15 referendum on a new constitution, hoping to end protests over a decree expanding his powers, as at least 200,000 of his Islamist supporters rallied in Cairo on Saturday.

2 Dec 2012 - 12:53pm

Islamists rally in support of Mursi

Passionate supporters of President Mohamed Mursi gathered in front of Cairo University to have their say. Photo: AFP

Tens of thousands of Islamists rallied yesterday in support of President Mohamed Mursi's new expanded powers and the drafting of a contested charter, highlighting Egypt's widening polarisation.

The demonstration in the heart of Cairo comes a day after crowds thronged to Tahrir Square to protest against the president's decree and the speedy adoption of the draft constitution.

2 Dec 2012 - 6:54am

Briefs, November 26, 2012

Bombers attack church congregation in Nigeria

26 Nov 2012 - 4:26am

Strife after Egypt's President Mursi assumes new powers

Protesters storm an office of Morsi’s party in Alexandria. Photo: AP

President Mohamed Mursi yesterday insisted Egypt was on the path to "freedom and democracy", as protesters held rival rallies over sweeping powers he assumed that further polarised the country's political forces.

"Political stability, social stability and economic stability are what I want and that is what I am working for," he told an Islamist rally outside the presidential palace.

24 Nov 2012 - 4:44am

Israel close to agreeing ceasefire over Gaza offensive, Egypt says

An Israeli man drops to the ground after hearing a Palestinian rocket siren. Photo: EPA

Egypt, which has been leading efforts to secure a Gaza truce after nearly a week of cross-border violence, said yesterday the Israeli "aggression" would end in hours, but the bloodshed showed no signs of abating.

21 Nov 2012 - 3:05am