Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi pardoned 100 prisoners including three Al-Jazeera television journalists, a day before he plans to head to the annual United Nations summit.
Muslim Brotherhood supporters and police clashed across Egypt yesterday, leaving at least three dead in protests after the army-backed government declared the group a terrorist organisation.
Egypt’s public prosecutor ordered former President Mohamed Mursi and 34 other Islamists to stand trial on charges including conspiring with foreign groups to commit terrorist acts in Egypt and divulging military secrets to a foreign state.
Egypt’s army-backed authorities detained the Muslim Brotherhood’s leader on Tuesday, signalling their determination to crush the group and silence protests against the ousting of Islamist President Mohammed Mursi.
Egyptians appear to have approved a new constitution after Saturday’s final round of voting in a referendum, early indications showed, despite opposition criticism of the Islamist-influenced measure as divisive. Vice-President Mahmoud Mekky announced his resignation hours before polls closed.
An Islamist-led assembly finalised a new Eygptian constitution on Friday aimed at ending a crisis that erupted when President Mohamed Mursi gave himself sweeping new powers.
Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi meets senior judges on Monday to try to ease a crisis over his seizure of new powers which has set off violent protests reminiscent of the revolution last year.