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Islamists could crown Egypt’s next president

By Hamza Hendawi / AP CAIRO: A lineup of Islamists, retired generals, old regime figures and political newcomers are campaigning to become Egypt’s first president since Hosni Mubarak’s fall, but none of them may have the stature to tackle this nation’s enormous problems or stand up to the powerful military. The May 23-24 elections are supposed …

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Tunisia, Egypt Islamists signal bigger religion role

By Tom Heneghan / Reuters PARIS: After months of reassuring secularist critics, Islamist politicians in Tunisia and Egypt have begun to lay down markers about how Muslim their states should be — and first signs show they want more religion than previously admitted. Islamist parties swept the first free elections in both countries in recent months …

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Arab Spring ushers in bright future despite worry

The euphoria sparked by the Arab Spring is giving way to disquiet over political instability and the growing influence of Islamists, but the democratic process still looks unstoppable, experts believe. In 12 months, the Arab world has gone through more changes than it saw in decades, with Tunisia and Egypt staging historic elections. A popular …

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Islamists protest across Egypt

By Marwa Al-A’asar CAIRO: Tens of thousands of members of Islamist movements protested nationwide on Friday parallel to a major demonstration in Cairo’s Tahrir Square dubbed “Friday of Unity.” Islamists outnumbered members of other political groups, many of whom retreated after they objected to the slogans they chanted. In Alexandria, thousands, mainly Salafis and Muslim …

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Islamists in Tahrir refuse supra-constitutional principles, liberal powers quit square

By Tamim Elyan CAIRO: Tens of thousands of Islamists who gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square refused a list of proposed supra-constitutional principles meant to guide the drafting of a new charter after parliamentary elections in November, and demanded the implementation of Sharia in what was slated to be “Friday of Unity”. It was the biggest crowd …

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Islamists lead Cairo ‘unity’ rally

By Samer Al-Atrush /AFP CAIRO: Tens of thousands packed Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday, with Islamist groups dominating the protest meant to show unity during a fragile transition from ousted president Hosni Mubarak’s regime. The rally was officially to start after the Muslim noon prayer but thousands had already made their way to the square overnight …

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Salafi, liberal representatives disagree on main source of legislation

By Tamim Elyan CAIRO: The main source of legislation and the definitions of the concepts of freedom, equality and human rights emerged as the main points of difference in liberal and Salafi streams’ views of the upcoming constitution. In a debate organized Friday by Bridges Foundation, representatives of both streams disagreed on whether to apply Islamic …

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Egyptian opposition fears Islamists and old guard

By Yasmine Saleh / Reuters CAIRO: Suppressed for decades, secular Egyptians have finally got their chance to enter politics but are worried they will be steam-rollered by Islamists and remnants of Hosni Mubarak’s National Democratic Party. Activists in Egypt, who united to overthrow Mubarak, are setting about forming new political parties, saying they are concerned …

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