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by: Ikhwan web 2005-2-28

Election Issues


by: Ikhwan web 2005-2-28

US State of Department Human Rights Report on Egypt
Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor- 

The Arab Republic of Egypt has been governed by the National Democratic Party (NDP) since the party’s establishment in 1978. The NDP continues to dominate national politics and has maintained an overriding majority in the popularly elected People’s Assembly and the ..

by: Ikhwan web 2005-2-28

International Religious Freedom Report 2005
Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
The Constitution provides for freedom of belief and the practice of religious rites, although the Government places restrictions on these rights in practice. Islam is the official state religion and Shari’a (Islamic law) is the primary source of legislation; religious practices that co..

by: Ikhwan web 2005-2-28

Dismay as Egypt intensifies its crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood

President Husni Mubarak stepped up his assault on the Ikhwan al-Muslimun in Egypt earlier this month by issuing a presidential decree transferring the cases of 20 of the movement’s most senior and prominent members, who were arrested last month, from the civil court system to military courts. He also authorised the mil..

by: Ikhwan web 2005-2-28

EGYPT: Presidential election was a false start in democratisation, Crisis Group says
05 Oct 2005 13:26:13 GMT

Source: IRIN
CAIRO, 5 October (IRIN) - Egypt’s presidential election in September was a "false start" in moves towards greater democracy and the government must do more to ensure that parliamentary elections due in November are free, fair and open to all, the Int..

by: Ikhwan web 2005-2-28

[by] Mona El-Ghobashy
Mona El-Ghobashy is an Instructor in the Political Science
Department, Columbia University, New York, N.Y. 10027, USA
[From: International Journal of Middle East Studies, Vol. 37, No. 03
July 2005]

Jihane al-Halafawi’s small apartment above a barbershop in Alexandria
is exceedingly orderly, a cool ..

by: Ikhwan web 2005-2-28

The following contains parts of the letter of resignation by the Egyptian Diplomat Mr Yehia Zakareyia Nagm, the Charge D’Affaires in Caracas which he sent to the Egyptian Foreign Minster and published in Al Qodos Al Arabi which is a London base newspaper issued on 24th of May 2005.

The Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Caracas

Mr Minster/ Ahmed Abo El Gheit, the for..

by: Ikhwan web 2005-2-28
The Egyptian Movement for Change tells Amira Howeidy there can be no turning back"... "The pro-Mubarac NDP demonstrations ... ’consist of thugs and criminals’ intent on ’harassing Kafaya’s peaceful activities’. "..

by: Ikhwan web 2005-2-28

Egypt‘s Parliamentary Elections:
An Assessment of the Results
Egypt’s Parliamentary elections are finally over, after a long, three-stage campaign brought about by the court ruling earlier this year requiring judicial personnel to monitor all the voting. The results are, on the one hand, highly predictable: the ruling National Democratic Party will, as usual, have the overwhelming majori..

by: Ikhwan web 2005-2-28

Frank Wisner: Presidential Elections Marked ’an Historic Day’ in Egypt
Interviewer: Bernard Gwertzman
Interviewee: Frank G. Wisner

Frank G. Wisner, a veteran U.S. diplomat and ambassador to Egypt from 1986-91, says the first-ever multi-candidate presidential election in Egypt marked “an historic day” for that country. Though President Hosni Mubarak will be reelected to another..

by: Ikhwan web 2005-2-28

The Egyptian Movement for Change

A Collaborative Gathering in Response to Alexandria Sectarian Events

The Egyptian Movement for Change (Kefaya) invites all Egyptians of all the political spectrum; intellectuals, artists, professionals, students, workers, laborers, men and women to join a collaborative gathering in response to the recent sectarian events in Al..

by: Ikhwan web 2005-2-28
Diaa Rashwan: "The wave of protest over the novel {A Banquet For Seaweed} in which the Brotherhood played a prominent role, erupted precisely as the largest Islamic grouping in Egypt had announced that it intended to take part in the parliamentary elections."..

by: Ikhwan web 2005-4-17

A New Power Rises Across Mideast
Advocates for Democracy Begin to Taste Success After Years of Fruitless Effort

By Scott Wilson and Daniel Williams


 First of two articles


BEIRUT -- Early this year, a small group of advertising executives, journalists and political operatives began meeting around the crowded tables of a popular cafe..

by: Ikhwan web 2005-7-20

Egypt opposition’s poll boycott gathers steam

Many opposition figures pull out of presidential election race they charge is parody of democracy.

By Riad Abu Awad - CAIRO

A growing number of major opposition parties and figures who had vowed to challenge President Hosni Mubarak in a September election are pulling out of a race that they charge is a parody of de..

by: Ikhwan web 2005-7-20

Rice warns Mubarak world will watch elections in Egypt
Debate rages in Washington over amount of pressure should be exerted on Egypt...

by: Ikhwan web 2005-8-16

Egyptian protestors tackle joblessness for first time 
  Egypt in recent months has witnessed a spate of protests by opposition groups voicing a broad range of complaints ranging from the 24-year-old Emergency Law, to changes in electoral rules, to President Hosni Mubarak’s grooming of his son Gamal to replace him. But last week, pro-reform activists tackled the issue of unemployme..

by: Ikhwan web 2005-8-17

The 2005 Egyptian Elections: How Free? How Important?

Saban Center Middle East Memo

Tamara Cofman Wittes, Research Fellow, Saban Center for Middle East Policy

On September 7, 2005, for the first time in their history, Egyptians will have a choice of candidates in a presidential election. When President Hosni Mubarak, who was elected to four previous terms in ’yes-or-n..

by: Ikhwan web 2005-8-31

Cook: U.S. and Internal Pressures Producing First Multi-Candidate Presidential Election in Egypt
Interviewer: Bernard Gwertzman
Interviewee: Steven A. Cook

Steven A. Cook, who was director of the Council’s recent independent Task Force report, In Support of Arab Democracy: Why and How?, says Egypt’s September 7 presidential election marks the first time there has actually been..

by: Ikhwan web 2005-9-1
- Egypt’s strongest opposition movement won’t even appear on the ballot when voters take a first step toward democratic reform next week. Yet the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood - the country’s largest Islamic group - is on clear display behind the scenes...

by: Ikhwan web 2005-9-5

Egypt presidential campaign winds up
Judiciary overrules electoral commission ban on monitoring by independent local NGOs inside polling stations.

By Jean-Marc Mojon - CAIRO

Egypt’s first contested presidential campaign wound up Sunday, after three weeks that saw an unprecedented political debate but left doubts hanging over the transparency of the poll.

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