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  • EU observers praise Egypt election as ‘democratic’

    May 29, 2014 6:56 PM 23

    Supporters of Egypt’s presidential winner Abdel Fattah al-Sisi have continued celebrating his landslide victory – but the low turnout has raised questions about his ability to bring change and heal divisions. The ex-army chief is said to have won 93 percent of votes cast, with counting virtually completed. Monitors from the European Union’s Election

  • Sisi's campaign extends 'thanks and appreciation' amid victory

    May 29, 2014 6:43 PM 15

    On its official Facebook page, the campaign said Egyptians showed their "patriotism through positive participation in the election process, helping the country to choose its future and achieve another step in the political roadmap that has united Egyptians." The May 26-28 presidential election was the second vote after the ouster of Islamist President

  • Egypt election: Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi faces economic challenges, Islamist threat

    May 29, 2014 6:14 PM 17

    Former Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sissi won a landslide victory in a presidential election on Thursday, but a low turnout threatens to deprive him of the strong mandate he needs to fix the economy and face down an Islamist insurgency. Leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi was the sole rival in the presidential race, but finished with just three

  • Sisi Wins But How Will He Rule?

    May 29, 2014 6:08 PM 18

    But desperate efforts by the government to boost the turnout by extending voting to three days have punctured the myth of Sisi’s overwhelming popularity and the notion that he can rule Egypt successfully without regard to the views of millions who showed their ambivalence or disapproval by staying home. The government insists Sisi’s toll far exceeded

  • Thousands watch as the Holy Kaaba gets a wash ahead of Ramadan

    May 29, 2014 5:58 PM 26

    Makkah: On behalf of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, Makkah Governor Prince Mishal bin Abdullah led the ceremonial washing of the Holy Kaaba on Thursday. Before leading the washing ceremony, Prince Mishal performed circumambulation (tawaf). The interior walls of Islam's holiest shrine were cleansed with rose, oud and musk perfumes using

  • Sabahi admits loss, slams election's lack of 'credibility'

    May 29, 2014 4:46 PM 36

    Speaking at a press conference on Thursday evening, a day after voting commenced, Sabahi told reporters and his supporters that he will not accept any post in the coming government but will instead bring the same values and plans from his campaign to the country's political opposition. Unofficial results indicated the Nasserite politician garnered a humble

  • As crackdown follows coup, the generals may stick around for as long as they think it takes to restructure politics and the economy, and manage the royal succession

    May 29, 2014 4:35 PM 20

    IT IS official. On May 26th General Prayuth Chan-ocha secured the royal imprimatur for his coup four days earlier. Dressed in a white army uniform, sword at his side, General Prayuth knelt before a portrait of King Bhumibol Adulyadej as he formally took up his royal appointment as head of the National Council for Peace and Order, the junta that now runs the country

  • Egypt's Sissi Wins Presidential Vote by Landslide

    May 29, 2014 4:26 PM 15

    Former Egyptian army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has won a landslide victory in his presidential bid against rival Hamdeen Sabahi. Preliminary results from the three-day extended vote, which ended Wednesday, give Sissi more than 93 percent of ballots cast. Sabahi, who received just 3percent, conceded defeat saying he would "accept the will of the people

  • Opposition says el-Sisi won because of ‘unequal electoral battle’

    May 29, 2014 4:18 PM 22

    Euronews’ correspondent in Cairo, Mohammed Shaikhibrahim, has described the situation in the country following the election of former army chief Abdel-Fattah-el-Sisi: “His supporters began celebrating his victory last night. Hamdeen Sabahi’s campaign team has blamed his defeat on what it describes as an ‘unequal electoral battle’. On Thursday morning

  • Sissi secures landslide victory in Egyptian election overshadowed by low turnout

    May 29, 2014 3:50 PM 26

    Former army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi has secured a landslide victory in Egypt's presidential election. The victory was overshadowed by poor voter turnout despite a government campaign urging citizens to participate. With nearly all the votes counted, Sissi finished with more than 96 percent of the vote, state television reported on Thursday. Sissi's