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The military says he is suspected of inciting Christian protesters to attack soldiers during an Oct. 9 protest in Cairo that turned into the bloodiest violence since the February fall of President Hosni Mubarak.
But his supporters dismiss the claim, saying the military is trying to silence a prominent critic and to deflect blame on its soldiers in the violence, which left 27 dead — mostly Christians — when troops cracked down on the protest.
In Monday evening’s march, the crowd shouted, “Down, down with military rule” and “Alaa, we’re behind you, don’t stop,” as they moved into central Tahrir Square, then headed toward Cairo’s main police station, where Mr. Abdel-Fattah is being held.
About 200 police formed a line around the station, as thousands of protesters chanted slogans against the military and police. There were no clashes.
Conservative wins presidential election
SOFIA — Conservative Rosen Plevneliev was declared the winner of Bulgaria’s presidential election on Monday in an outcome that now gives his party control over all major government posts and will bolster its push for painful economic reforms.
Mr. Plevneliev won Sunday’s contest with 52.56 percent of the vote and his Socialist challenger, Ivailo Kalfin, took 47.44 percent, said the Central Election Commission in its final tally. It said the turnout was 48 percent.
Most of the power in corruption-plagued Bulgaria, a Balkan country of 7.4 million people, rests with Prime Minister Boiko Borisov and Parliament, but the president leads the armed forces and can veto legislation and sign international treaties.
He also names ambassadors and the heads of the intelligence and security services.
Dean of St. Paul’s stepping down
LONDON — The Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral on Monday became the second high-profile clergy member to step down over anti-capitalist protests that have spilled across the historic church’s grounds.
Graeme Knowles said his position has become “untenable” as criticism of the cathedral has mounted in the press and in public opinion.
Mr. Knowles had urged protesters to leave the cathedral area to allow it to reopen its doors, saying that he recognized the group’s right to protest but wanted them to respect the church’s right to open for visitors.
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