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June 29, 2012
I have nothing to fear, I only fear God, I am here among you.
Egyptian President Elect Mohammed Morsi • Opening his jacket to reveal he was not wearing a bulletproof vest while taking a symbolic oath of office in Tahrir Square in front of throngs of cheering suppoters. A bold move by the first Islamist president-elect, who was defying orders from military generals who were to hold Morsi’s official swearing-in ceremony in front of a high court on Saturday.   source (viafollow)
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June 18, 2012

Egyptian military makes power grab as presidential election results disputed

  • yeah … Last night, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi declared himself the winner of Egypt’s presidential election, based on the party’s own results. Former Egyptian PM Ahmed Shafiq is disputing the outcome (which was close), and official results will not come out until Thursday.
  • … but Late last night, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces granted itself authority over the parliament while a new one is elected, which effectively would keep military rulers in power. While protests have been light, the move has been strongly criticized in activist circles. source

» What the military can do: The military currently has a right, due to this resolution, to control the military without any civilian oversight, to introduce a new constitution, and to exercise full legislative authority — in other words, to pass laws at will. This is bad news, and some have called SCAF’s power grab tantamount to a coup. The group, however, says they’ll hand power over to the new president by the end of June, but will that promise hold?

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May 25, 2012
Little-known to the wider public, Morsi is a famously boring speaker who reduces Egyptian journalists to teeth-gnashing frustration as he rarely says anything remotely quotable. He was ridiculed as a ‘spare’ after Shater’s disqualification, and some people waved tyres at his rallies to emphasise the point. But the Brotherhood’s well-oiled machine seems to matter more than his underwhelming personality.
Guardian reporter Ian Black • Writing about Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s lead candidate for Egyptian president. Black’s point? Morsi, usually a behind the scenes guy, is in a good position to win because his party is a well-oiled machine. Morsi is currently leading in the results, with either Ahmed Shafiq (a former premier under Hosni Mubarak) or Hamdeen Sabbahi (a Nasserist) his likely opponent in a runoff election.
11:50 // 2 years ago
May 23, 2012

Egypt’s historic presidential election begins today

  • 50 million eligible voters could cast their vote in the first presidential election since the departure of Hosni Mubarak
  • 14,000 judges will monitor polling places across the country to prevent fraud, intimidation, and ballot stuffing source

» While many polling places are reporting smooth sailing, Egypt’s election day has not been without incident, and many are shocked by voter turnout compared to November’s parliamentary elections. Some towns have seen as few as ten percent of the voting population cast a vote, though some analysts predict there will be an evening surge as adults get off work, and outdoor temperatures begin to drop. There have also been sporadic reports of bribery on the parts of various campaigns. Both the Muslim Brotherhood, and the campaign of candidate Kafr al-Sheikh, have allegedly distributed food and money in exchange for votes, though both groups have denied the allegations.

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15:53 // 2 years ago
April 14, 2012

Egyptian election officials impose blocks on president

  • 10 Egyptian candidates barred from upcoming presidential ballot source

» “The conditions for candidacy”: News broke early this hour that ten candidates for the Egyptian presidency, among them the Muslim Brotherhood’s Khairat al-Shater and former Mubarak-era spy chief Omar Suleiman (who’s intention to run sparked heavy protest), have been barred from appearing on May’s presidential ballot. Egypt is still under the sway of a ruling military council, which has been the source of much criticism since the fall of the Mubarak government last year – officials gave no concrete reason for this move, besides the ten not meeting the aforementioned “conditions of candidacy,” and said they’ll have 48 hours to appeal the decision.

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15:27 // 2 years ago
November 30, 2011

The dawn of a new system? That should certainly be the hope following the closing of polls in Egypt’s first democratic election of the modern political era. The reporting on instances of fraud or abuse during the elections have, to this point, not been particularly widespread or damaging; the relative calm with which the process was carried out, as well as high voter turnout (70%+), would seem to suggest an engaged electorate eager to install their own leadership, and to bring an end to military rule. source

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