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Egyptian voters back constitution

Participants in the first Egyptian vote of the post-Morsi era have voted overwhelmingly in favour of approving a new constitution, state media reported on January 16th. Unofficial reports stated that 37 percent of the registered voters took part in the constitutional referendum, slightly more than in the vote under ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi. About 90 percent of the voters approved the constitution. It is expected that the Election Commission will announce the official results on January 18th.

Egyptians vote in constitutional referendum

Today, on January 14, Egyptians vote for the first time since the military ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in a two-day referendum on a new constitution, which could pave the way for fresh elections and may set the stage for a presidential bid by army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. The new charter aims to replace the constitution passed under Morsi months before he was overthrown. It is yet uncertain how many Egyptians will vote due to concern over violence and militant attacks that may take place, but the constitution is expected to pass. It is backed by many Egyptians who view the constitution as something that can stabilize the country after years of turmoil.

Third Future Leaders seminar held in Morocco

From 29 November to 1 December the European Forum, in cooperation with the Foundation Max van der Stoel (FMS), the UK Labour Party and the Unified Socialist Party in Morocco organized the third and final seminar of the Future Leaders Training. The young and promising future politicians came from social democratic and left progressive parties from Morocco, the Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan.

Foreign Minister: “Egypt to hold parliamentary elections in Feb/March”

On 8 November Egypt´s Foreign Minister, Nabil Fahmy, said Egypt will hold parliamentary elections "between February and March", to be followed by presidential elections in early summer. The elections will replace the leaders appointed after the army ousted elected president Mohamed Mursi in July. Fahmy said in an interview with international media that the Freedom and Justice Party, the political arm of Mursi's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, "is still legal in Egypt" and free to participate in the parliamentary election.

Second Future Leaders Training held in Tunisia

From 6 to 8 September the European Forum, in cooperation with the Foundation Max van der Stoel (FMS), the UK Labour Party and the Ettakatol party organized the second seminar of the Future Leaders Training. The young and promising future politicians came from social democratic and left progressive parties from Morocco, the Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan.

Egypt crisis: overview and reactions

Today the Egyptian army has tightened security in Cairo and in other cities in response to calls from the Muslim Brotherhood for marches from 28 mosques after Friday prayers. It has been reported that security forces closed off entrances and roads leading to Cairo's Tahrir Square with armoured personnel carriers and barbed wire. In the meantime, protests have started across the country. The Muslim Brotherhood announced these protests after hundreds of people were killed in police action that ended two sit-ins in Cairo that began after the army deposed President Mohamed Morsi on July 3. The Muslim Brotherhood has called the day "Friday of rage". This was the same title that was given on January 28, 2011, during the 18-day revolt against Hosni Mubarak's rule. There are fears of renewed clashes after authorities have said the police are entitled to use live ammunition to protect themselves and key state institutions from attack.

'Give me the mandate to face violence', Egyptian Minister of defence Sisi said.

On July 24 the Egyptian First Deput Prime Minister and Minister of Defence General Abdel Fatah al-Sissi called on Egyptians for mass rallies on Friday Juli 26, to support the military efforts towards confronting terrorism and violence and to show support of what’s happening in the country. “Egyptians must take to the streets on Friday to give me the mandate to face violence and terrorism,” Sisi said.
The speech followed a deadly bombing of a security headquarter in the city Mansoura, in which one died and 27 officers and civilians were injured.

Egyptian interim government sworn in

On 16 July it was announced on state television that interim President Adly Mansour swore in 33 mostly technocratic or liberal ministers. The interim government was installed after one of the most violent clashes between Morsi supporters and security forces this month. Army chief Gen Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who led the ousting of the former government, is becoming deputy prime minister next to his current position as defense minister. Economist Hazem el-Beblawi, who suspended his membership in the Social Democratic Party, is leading the new government as prime minister. Seven ministers held positions in the former government but none of them are Islamists.

Update Egypt: arrest Brotherhood leader ordered; El-Beblawi interim PM

On 10 July public prosecutor has ordered the arrest of Mohamed Badie, leader of the Muslim Brotherhood movement. He is accused of inciting the violence during a protest in Cairo that left at least 51 people killed. Other high level Brotherhood officials are already in detention while hundreds arrest warrants for other officials have been issued. The prosecutor’s order comes after violent clashes, and attempts by the newly named prime minster to form a government. On 9 July, namely, Egypt's interim head of state, Adli Mansour, named 76-year old economist and academic Hazem el Beblawi as interim prime minister. In 2011 el Beblawi was appointed deputy prime minister for economic affairs and finance minister in a cabinet reshuffle, after the removal of former president Mubarak. Mohamed el Baradei, who headed the National Salvation Front (NSF) until Morsi was deposed, was named as deputy president.

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