Egypt’s interim leader, Adly Mansour, set Jan. 14 for a referendum on a draft constitution as part of a plan by the military-backed government to restore democracy after the ouster of President Mohamed Mursi.
Former Arab League Secretary-General Amre Moussa is leading in Egypt’s presidential race, with the Muslim Brotherhood’s main nominee trailing in eighth place, according to a poll published by the state-run Al Ahram newspaper.
From his 33rd-floor penthouse apartment with sweeping views of the Nile River, Naguib Sawiris, Egypt’s best-known billionaire and most prominent Christian, can hear the chants of Friday prayers in the distance. As he sits down to a breakfast of taameya and ful, dishes made from fava beans, demonstrators are gathering in Cairo’s Tahrir Square for a planned protest, this time aimed at stopping military trials of thousands of civilians arrested during the revolution that brought down the regime of President Hosni Mubarak.
Yemen’s Joint Meetings Party, a coalition of six opposition groups, said a plan to end the country’s political crisis is dead following a visit by the chief envoy of Arab Gulf states seeking to broker a deal.