» 05/24/2012, 00.00
Egypt, high turnout and few disturbances in first post-Mubarak presidential election
Kilometre long queues in front of polling stations in Cairo and major cities across the country. In a neighbourhood of the capital, security personnel deny women with the full veil access to the polls. Shoes and stones at presidential candidate Shafiq Ahmed former prime minister under the regime. Voting results released in June.
Mubarak announces on TV that he will stay on until September
The Egyptian president makes the announcement at the end of a chaotic day, filled with rumours about his imminent resignation and departure from the country. He pledges “free and transparent” elections. The armed forces issue a statement promising to take the “necessary measures to protect the nation”.
With al-Sisi seemingly ready to run, Egypt's presidential elections set for April
Interim President Adly Mansour made the announcement yesterday. Presidential decree changes the election schedule decided by political parties after the fall of Mohammed Morsi, whereby parliamentary elections would come before the presidential poll. For critics, the move favours General al-Sisi and a government loyal to him.
Clashes in Cairo from 5 to 10 deaths overnight. Mubarak's opponents will not give up
The battle between government supporters and protesters in Tahrir Square continues. The army begins to arrest people, no one knows from which side. The U.S. State Department asks Americans to leave immediately, while the political situation remains tense and confused. Large protest scheduled for tomorrow, “Friday of departure."
Cairo transition negotiations continue. Mubarak gathers ministers. Tahrir Square will not give in
Contacts and talks intensified to find a solution to break the deadlock in Egypt. The Vice President Suleiman will meet with opposition leaders. Growing pressure on Mubarak to initiate a peaceful transition.
Egypt, polls closed in presidential vote: Al- Sisi heads for victory
The former head of the Armed Forces in the lead with over half of the vote compared to his opponent, the left-wing dissident Hamdeen Sabahi . Doubts on voter turnout despite the extra day decided by the Electoral Commission. Less than half of those eligible to vote did. Activist tells AsiaNews: " The fault lies with the anti- democratic climate that reigns, not the candidates”.
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