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 public prosecutor ordered that former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his two sons, Gamal and Alaa, be sent to a criminal court on charges of killing demonstrators and abusing public office.
The first annual Istanbul World Political Forum ended yesterday with a no-show by Turkish President Abdullah Gul , the scheduled closing speaker, concluding a summit characterized by low attendance as many regional leaders sought to quell political discontent at home.