Angry protestors in Cairo attacked and set fire to the home of presidential candidate Ahmad Shafik Monday night. Thousands of raging Egyptians gathered at Tahrir Square to protest last week’s first round of the country’s presidential election.
Egyptians are to choose between an Islamist and a former Mubarak loyalist in the runoff of the presidential election. Human rights activist Dalia Ziada told RT that the result of the first round is a disappointment to those who backed the revolution.
Egypt’s presidential election, the country's first after the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, have been described as “free and fair.” But along with optimistic reports, some witnesses say candidates are blackmailing and bribing poor Egyptians with food.
Egyptian voters are heading to the polls to elect the country’s new president. And with popular support ranging from former Mubarak regime loyalists to Islamists, the poll is likely to head into a runoff.
Egypt's ruling military council is to set forth an interim constitution ahead of the presidential race. It will charge the newly elected leader and the council itself with powers that many fear could undermine the achievements of last year’s revolution.
Egyptian security forces have made their biggest ever smuggled arms bust, intercepting over 120 rockets and other supplies. The seized weapons, presumably on their way to the Gaza Strip, originated in neighboring Libya, smugglers say.
Egyptian human rights groups and female activists are alarmed at renewed parliamentary calls to revive the practice of female circumcision. They appeal to the authorities to stop advocating what was officially banned in 2007.
Egypt’s Military Council has imposed a curfew in Abbasiya district, following an outbreak of violence that left two people dead and some 300 injured. The military used water cannon and tear gas to stop the crowd from reaching the Ministry of Defense.
The Egyptian army could pass executive power to the future president at the end of May, should one of the candidates run away with the election. The statement was made by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces of Egypt (SCAF).
More than 90 people have been wounded as unidentified assailants attacked protesters in Cairo who called for an end to military rule. Police and army troops chose not to interfere. Some reports say a number of people have died in the violence.