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Topic - Ahmed Shafik
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's interim president on Sunday made a rare visit to the pontiff of the nation's Orthodox Christians at St. Mark's Cathedral, the papal seat in central Cairo.
Egypt's military-backed authorities on Thursday stepped up their crackdown on the liberal icons of the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak, with security forces storming the headquarters of a rights group and arresting six activists, including a prominent youth organizer.
Egyptian authorities Tuesday referred Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister to trial on corruption charges in a case involving the ousted leader's two sons and four retired generals, security and judicial officials said.
An Egyptian university student was fatally stabbed as his girlfriend looked on after three suspected Islamic militants confronted the couple in a park and told them they should not be together if they are not married, security officials said Wednesday.
Ahmed Shafiq, Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister and loser of the presidential runoff, left Egypt Tuesday with most of his family for the United Arab Emirates hours after the prosecutor general opened an investigation into allegations he wasted public funds during his eight-year term as a civil aviation minister in the ousted regime.
Mohammed Morsi was declared Egypt's first Islamist president on Sunday, chosen in elections that were the freest in Egyptian history but that left the nation deeply polarized between supporters of an old regime figure and those eager for democratic change.
Egyptians celebrated Sunday the election of their country's first freely elected president - Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, who becomes the first Islamist head of state of the Arab world's most populous nation.
With tens of thousands of protesters rallying to support him, the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate for president called on the Egyptian authorities Friday to release the results of the weekend's election as soon as possible and warned against trying to manipulate the "popular will."
Egyptian authorities may delay the announcement of the winner in the presidential runoff, which had been expected on Thursday, because of a large number of complaints filed by the two candidates, a senior election commission official said.
A security official says Egypt's ousted leader Hosni Mubarak has been put on life support after his heart stopped as he arrived at a military hospital.
Egyptians voted for a second day Sunday in a presidential runoff pitting ousted President Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister against a conservative Islamist. A sense of gloom hung over many at the polls over the choice and the prospect that the ruling military still will hold most power even after their nominal handover of authority to civilians by July 1.
A surprising number of Egyptians shrugged off a major presidential election Sunday that will determine if their post-revolutionary nation is run by a former general associated with the old regime or a firebrand Islamist who wants to impose Shariah law.
Egyptians on Saturday voted to choose between a conservative Islamist and Hosni Mubarak's ex-prime minister in a presidential runoff once billed as the country's long-awaited shift to democracy but now clouded by pessimism over the future.
Egypt's top court plunged the country into turmoil Thursday when it ruled that the Islamist-dominated parliament must be dissolved and the last prime minister to serve under ousted President Hosni Mubarak can run as a candidate in this weekend's presidential runoff election.
Hosni Mubarak's condition has deteriorated so much that doctors at the Cairo prison where he is serving a life sentence had to constantly administer oxygen to him overnight, security officials said Thursday.
Mr. Shafiq, who repeatedly has denied corruption allegations and said in a television interview last week that the case against him is politically motivated, joins a long list of more than 30 Mubarak regime stalwarts, including two former prime ministers and the speakers of parliament's two chambers, to face corruption charges.
"These protests in the squares and fear-mongering campaigns in the media are all aimed at putting pressure on the election commission," he said.