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Political crisis

Egyptians abroad vote, army to host ‘unity’ talks

An Egyptian man, living in UAE, casts his vote during the referendum for the Egyptian new constitution, at the Egyptian consulate in Dubai, UAE on Wednesday. Photo: EPA

Egyptians abroad began voting on Wednesday in a referendum on the new constitution that President Mohammed Mursi fast-tracked through an Islamist-dominated drafting assembly, in a setback for the opposition who had hoped to delay the process.

Wednesday, 12 December, 2012, 5:59pm

Egypt's Islamists to hold rival demo same day as protesters

Riot police officers patrol the grounds near the presidential palace. Hundreds of Egyptians continued to protest against President Mohammed Mursi's decision to keep the referendum on a disputed draft constitution scheduled for next week.

Egyptian Islamist movements, including President Mohammed Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood, will hold a rival demonstration on Tuesday, the same day as protests organised by the opposition, a Brotherhood spokesman told AFP.

10 Dec 2012 - 5:18am

Mohammed Mursi's opponents refuse to play winning hand, analysts say

Anti-Mursi protesters in Cairo. The president's critics say his proposed constitution favours his Islamist backers in the Muslim Brotherhood. Photo: Reuters

Opponents of a constitutional referendum called by Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi have successfully mobilised protests that have drawn thousands to demonstrations at the presidential palace in the past week.

10 Dec 2012 - 4:12am

Mursi backs down in Egypt crisis after army ultimatum

Selim al-Awa, an Islamist politician and advisor to Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi, speaks during a news conference after a meeting between the president and other political leaders. Photo: Xinhua

Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi on Saturday backed down in a dire political crisis marked by weeks of street protests, after the powerful army gave an ultimatum to him and the opposition to sit down for talks.

But it was not immediately clear whether his concession would satisfy an increasingly fierce opposition.

9 Dec 2012 - 3:23pm

Egypt's military urges dialogue as political crisis grows

Anti-Mursi protesters shout slogans and gesture in front of riot police during clashes with supporters of Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi. Photo: Reuters

Egypt's powerful military thrust itself into the political crisis dividing the nation yesterday, demanding dialogue and warning it would not permit events to take a disastrous turn.

9 Dec 2012 - 3:50am

Court strikes as Cairo crisis deepens

A demonstrators face Egyptian police during clashes on Omar Makram Street, off Cairo's Tahrir Square, where tear gas was fired. Photo: AFP

Egypt yesterday plunged deeper into its worst political crisis since Islamist President Mohamed Mursi took office, with a top court going on strike to protest against his decision to grant himself sweeping powers.

29 Nov 2012 - 4:31am