Egypt’s ruling party is poised to sweep the Nov. 28 parliamentary election, tightening its grip on power as it prepares for a 2011 presidential vote that may see the first change of leadership in three decades.
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.
Egypt’s public prosecutor extended the detentions of Alaa and Gamal Mubarak , the sons of former President Hosni Mubarak , for 15 days, the state-run Middle East News Agency said, citing the prosecutor.
Egypt’s ruling National Democratic Party will announce its candidate for the country’s presidential election before July, Gamal Mubarak , the party’s assistant secretary-general, said in a televised news conference in Cairo today.