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At least 24 people have been killed and scores more injured in clashes between mostly Coptic demonstrators and military police outside the state television building in central Cairo. Essam Sharaf, Egypt's interim prime minister, called for a calm early on Monday morning as a curfew was imposed in central areas of the capital, including Tahrir Square. Egypt's leadership also held an emergency meeting late on Sunday to discuss the situation, with clashes also reported in Alexandria, Egypt's second city.
Dozens of people have been injured in clashes between supporters and opponents of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Cairo's Tahrir Square Wednesday. Mubarak loyalists rode into the crowd on horses and camels and gunfire was heard. You have selected an article from the AllAfrica archive, which requires a subscription.
Hosni Mubarak, Egypt's ousted president, has been put under house arrest along with his family, according to an Egyptian military statement. Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces on Monday said that the former leader and his family would not be allowed to leave the country and denied reports that Mubarak had fled to Saudi Arabia. "There is no truth to reports that former president Hosni Mubarak has left Egypt for Tabuk in Saudi Arabia," the council said in a statement on the social networking site Facebook. "He is under house arrest, with his family, in Egypt." The military council took power on February 11 after Mubarak was pushed from office following 18 days of massive street protests against his 30-year rule. Egypt's prosecutor general on March 3 denied media reports that Mubarak was in Saudi Arabia, insisting that he was at his family home in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.
Cairo will recognise South Sudan as an independent state, Nabil Elaraby, the Egyptian foreign minister, has said during a visit to Khartoum. Elaraby is in the Sudanese capital as part of a visiting Egyptian delegation, headed by Essam Sharaf, the prime minister. The visit to Sudan is Sharaf’s first abroad since taking office in the wake of Egypt’s uprising that toppled the regime of Hosni Mubarak. "Sudan intends to be the first to recognise Juba (capital of South Sudan) and Egypt intends to be the second to recognise the south," Elaraby said on Sunday, two months after the region voted overwhelmingly in a referendum to secede from Khartoum. Elaraby also said Egypt would introduce a new proposal to Nile Basin nations to try to overcome a stalemate on sharing the river's waters. South Sudan has not declared a position on sharing Nile waters but most analysts believe it is likely to side with its east African allies.
Marwa Sharaf el-Din, an Egyptian law PhD candidate at Oxford University, will be in Tahrir Square this afternoon to perform Zajal, a popular traditional form of Arabic poetry. "Do I have to be broken to be an oriental woman; do I have to always say 'yes' to be an Egyptian woman?" her satirical poem reads. Music bands and other performers will be showcasing their talents in front of thousands of people who will march to Tahrir Square to mark International Women's Day, which takes place every year on March 8. "Unlike the confrontational protests we had... to topple the regime, this protest is more of a celebratory one.
Egyptians have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a package of constitutional amendments, according to official results released on Sunday evening. Slightly more than 77 per cent of voters endorsed the amendments, the country's supreme judicial committee has announced. Roughly 18 million Egyptians went to the polls on Saturday , a 41 per cent turnout.
A Christian boy lifts a portrait of Jesus as thousands of Christians and Muslims staged a protest in Cairo against the reported excessive use of force by the nations military against thousands of peaceful Christian demonstrators. (PHOTO ESSAY: Egypt Protests After Clashes Leave 24 Dead ) Cairo — Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak portrayed himself as a paradigm of stability in a country he once described as a "powder keg" of sectarian unrest. Yet far from promoting stability, his regime may have actually been the source of much of the religious strife it claimed to suppress. You have selected an article from the AllAfrica archive, which requires a subscription. However, you can freely access - without a subscription - hundreds of today's top Africa stories and thousands of recent news articles from our home page »
Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Mohamed ElBaradei, the former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, was surrounded by reporters as he arrived in Cairo on Thursday. More Photos » He tolerated a tiny and toothless opposition of liberal intellectuals whose vain electoral campaigns created the facade of a democratic process. And he demonized the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood as a group of violent extremists who posed a threat that he used to justify his police state.
Egypt is gearing up for massive protests on Tuesday, after opponents of President Hosni Mubarak called for a "march of a million" and an indefinite general strike. Early reports suggest there were more than 10,000 protesters in central Cairo by Tuesday morning, many of them having defied a curfew to camp overnight in Tahrir Square. The march is due to start at 11 am.
Egyptians came out in large numbers Saturday to vote on a group of constitutional changes that will pave the way to presidential and parliamentary elections within six months. Observers said some polling stations have stayed open late to accommodate the large turnout. The country's estimated 45 million registered voters are being asked to vote on a package of changes to the constitutional amendments that were drawn up by an appointed panel. You have selected an article from the AllAfrica archive, which requires a subscription.