' Ex-General of the Army Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi and Now President of Egypt Will Not Interfere with Court Ruling over Prison Sentences of Seven Years for Al-Jazeera Journalists '

#AceWorldNews – EGYPT(Cairo) – June 24 – Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said on Tuesday that he will not interfere in court rulings.

​The previous day, three Al-Jazeera journalists were sentenced to seven years in prison in a verdict that prompted an international outcry.

​The president has the right to issue a pardon or commute the sentences.

“We will not interfere in judicial matters because the Egyptian judiciary is an independent and exalted judiciary,” AP quoted el-Sissi as saying at a military graduation ceremony.

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‘ Abdul Al-Sisi is Sworn in as President As a Saviour to Some and Dictator to Others ‘

#AceWorldNews – CAIRO – June 08 – Ex-army chief Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has been sworn in as Egypt’s new president after a landslide win in May elections.

He said his election was “a democratic, peaceful handover of power” that represented “a historic moment and turning point” for the nation.

Security forces were deployed at key locations around the capital Cairo for the ceremony at the Supreme Constitutional Court.


(Abdul Al-Sisi Saviour of the People)

The retired field marshal overthrew President Mohammed Morsi last July.

He has since been pursuing a crackdown on Mr Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, which urged a boycott of the elections.

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` Egyptian Army Chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is on course for Sweeping Victory in Presidential Election '

#AceWorldNews – CAIRO – May 29 – Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the former Egyptian army chief, is on course for a sweeping victory in the country’s presidential election, early provisional results suggested.

Sisi won 96.2 percent of about 21 million votes cast, state television reported early on Thursday, with the ballots from 312 of 352 counting stations tallied.

Hamdeen Sabahi, the only other candidate, received 3.8 percent of the votes counted.

Voter turnout was low, at 44.4 percent, despite the government declaring the second day of voting a national holiday, and extending the election for a third day.

He has overseen a bloody crackdown on Mr Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood movement in which more than 1,400 people have been killed and 16,000 detained.The Brotherhood said it would boycott the vote, as did many liberal and secular activist groups.

Hamdeen Sabahi, the only other candidate in the election, said earlier his team had recorded “violations” in the voting process.

However, he rejected calls from his supporters to withdraw from the elections, saying it was not in the interest of Egyptians.

Mr Sabahi secured only about 760,000 of the 24.7 million votes counted, and lost out in many regions to a high number of spoiled ballots, the state-run al-Ahram newspaper reports.

Hundreds of Sisi supporters took to the streets of Cairo in the early hours of Thursday as results emerged, waving Egyptian flags, setting off fireworks and honking their car horns.

The military-backed authorities had extended voting to a third day in the hope of boosting turnout.

Al-Jazeera – Daily News Egypt – Al-Haram

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` Egyptians Head for the Polls on First Day of Presidential Elections with Emotion Running High ‘

#AceNewsServices – CAIRO – May 26 – 9:35 Doors were around half an hour late to open at the Gomhoreya School polling station in Cairo’s up-scale Maadi district, reports Ahram Online’s Dina Samak — bad news for the long queues of voters waiting outside.

“We can wait. It’s only one day,” a middle aged woman tells other waiting voters. Several women ululate in celebration.

ANTICIPATION:

Meanwhile, in Agouza’s Qawmiyya polling station, Ibtesam, the widow of a police officer, tells Ahram Online she is voting because “it is important to build the nation’s future.” She says she will vote for El-Sisi because “he cares for the country and saved it from chaos.”

9:30 Candidate Hamdeen Sabahi has also cast his vote, in Mohandiseen in Giza. TV footage shows him pressed on all sides by crowds.

EXPECTATION:

“We hope for a large turnout…to reach 30 million,” Sabahi told waiting reporters. The leftist contender pledged to “make serious decisions (that would) fulfilling the legitimate dreams of Egyptians, namely social justice, rectifying the situations of those in prisons for [expressing] their opinions…as well as [launching] a war on corruption,” he added.

9:25 Abdel-Aziz Soliman, general secretary of the Presidential Elections Commission — the judicial body responsible for organising the election — has stated that all polling stations have opened on time and there have been no complaints reported so far.

He also said that turnout seems high, Al-Ahram Arabic reported.

HAPPINESS:

9:20 Outgoing president Adly Mansour, has reached his polling station in Cairo’s Heliopolis district, reported Al-Ahram Arabic website.

UNCERTAINTY:

Presidential hopeful El-Sisi has also arrived at a different polling station in the same district to cast his ballot. Television footage shows him, surrounded by numerous bodyguards, struggling to move through excited crowds.

Live Coverage Courtesy of Al-Haram – 26/05/2014 – http://tinyurl.com/m5p8bde

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` Preliminary Results from 113 Polling Stations Around the World Indicate Fatah Al-Sisi has Claimed 92.5 Percent of Votes ‘

#AceWorldNews – ANKARA – May 20 – Preliminary results from 113 polling stations around the world indicate that former defence minister Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi will claim a landslide victory over Nasserist Hamdeen Sabahy in the expatriate portion of the presidential elections.

The collated results show that Al-Sisi has claimed 92.5% of the ballots cast, Sabahy won 5.98%, and 1.5% of ballots were invalid.

The preliminary turnout figure from the 114 polling stations was 225,299, although the final turnout is approximately 315,000, according to the foreign ministry.

The first results came in from Australia, where 4,849 people cast their vote over five days, a period that was extended by the Presidential Elections Committee on Saturday from the original four days due to “high turnout”. 4,672 Egyptians voted for Al-Sisi in Australia in three polling stations, compared to 146 for Sabahy, and 32 votes cast were ruled to be invalid.

Daily News Egypt

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` Hundreds of Egyptians Activists take to Streets against an Anti-Protest Law a Month Before Election ‘

#AceWorldNews – CAIRO – April 28 (ALJ) Hundreds of Egyptian activists took to the streets against an anti-protest law, one month before a presidential election which former army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is widely expected to win.

On Saturday, the protesters marched to the presidential palace in Cairo calling for the scrapping of the law passed by Egypt’s army-backed interim leadership in November to curb unrest that erupted after the army’s overthrow of elected Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. (Reuters)

The law requires anyone planning a demonstration to obtain police permission. Saturday’s protesters, however, did not.

A few threw stones at the police, who did not react and there was no serious violence.

“Down, down with army rule,” the protesters chanted.

Some burned posters of Sisi, who stepped down from his post as the head of the army last month to run for the presidency in the vote on May 26-27.

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` Sisi’s Rise and Rise to Power and Next the ` Presidency ‘ but at what Cost to the `Security ‘ of the People ‘

#AceNewsServices – CAIRO – April 06 – Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Wednesday he had quit the military to run for president and vowed to rid the country of “terrorism” almost nine months after he toppled its elected leader.

Sisi, who was also defence minister, faces no serious competition in the election, likely before June, and is expected to win comfortably, riding on a wave of popularity for his law and order message.

But the Muslim Brotherhood movement of President Mohamed Morsi, whom Sisi toppled in July, warned there could be no stability in Egypt under the “shadow”of his leadership.

The state-run Al-Ahram newspaper reported earlier that El-Sisi had met military leaders to tell them he was stepping down.

Quoting a military source, Al-Ahram said the meeting would determine a successor to the field marshal. He is expected to submit his resignation to Mansour at a Cabinet meeting on Thursday, Al-Ahram said.

(CNN) reported that El-Sisi is reviled by the Islamist opposition, which sees him as the mastermind of a coup against an elected leader and the author of a fierce crackdown on dissent. Egypt has suffered bloody internal strife since Morsy was overthrown.

Sisi reached out a little to his opponents but signalled no let-up in the crackdown launched by the military-installed interim government on Morsi’s supporters that has seen hundreds killed and thousands arrested.

“All Egyptians who have not been condemned by the law… will be active partners in the future,” he said.

Sisi’s suitability for the presidency was rejected outright by the Muslim Brotherhood.

“He led a coup to become president. He is a man who has killed daily since the coup,” Ibrahim Munir, a member of the Brotherhood’s political bureau, told AFP by telephone from London.

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` Field Marshall `Abdul Fattah al-Sisi’s ‘ Announcement ‘ and what he said live to Egyptian Broadcast Media ‘

#AceWorldNews – EGYPT – March 29 – Field Marshal Abdul Fattah al-Sisi’s announcement that he has resigned as defence minister to run for the presidency was broadcast live by Egyptian broadcast media. This is what he said:

“In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful. Proud and honourable people of Egypt, today I stand before you in my military uniform for the last time after I decided to end my service as the commander-in-chief of the armed forces and the minister of defence and military production.

I have spent my entire career as a soldier of this homeland serving its hopes and aspirations and in this way I shall continue.

This is a very significant moment for me. The first time I wore military uniform was in 1970 as a 15-year-old cadet at the Air Force High School, almost 45 years ago. And I take pride in wearing this uniform to defend my country. Today, I am taking off this uniform to defend this homeland as well.

These recent years of our nation’s history have shown conclusively that nobody could become president of this country against the will of the people or short of their support. Never can anyone force Egyptians to vote for a president they do not want. This is a fact.

Therefore, I am here and, in all humility, I come before you to announce my intention to run for president of the Arab Republic of Egypt. Only your support will grant me this great honour.

I stand directly before you to speak to you from my heart, as usual. I want to say to you that I am answering the demand of a wide range of Egyptians who have called on me to run for president, to attain this honour.

I consider myself to be what I have always been – a soldier who is charged with serving the homeland.

And I will always remain in the service of this country in any post desired by Egyptians.

Read More – BBC – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-26764201

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` Sisi meets with Military Leaders to tell them he is Resigning as Defence Minister to run for Presidency – Report ‘

#AceWorldNews – CAIRO – March 26 – Egyptian army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was meeting military leaders Wednesday to tell them he was resigning as defence minister to run for the presidency, Reuters said, citing a report of the state-run Al-Ahram newspaper.

Sisi was expected to announce the decision in a statement to be broadcast, sources say. Sisi, 59, is popular among Egyptians who supported the army’s decision to remove President Mohamed Morsi from power one year into his term.

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` Interim Egyptian President ` Adly Mansour ‘ announces a `Presidential Election Law ‘

#AceWorldNews reports that interim Egyptian President Adly Mansour announced a presidential election law on Saturday, setting the stage for polls to take place later this year to elect a new president to replace ousted leader Mohamed Morsi.

The election is seen as a major step to restore order and stability in Egypt after the military deposed of Mosrsi in July.

Army chief Abdel Fattah Sisi has emerged as Egypt’s most popular political figure but has not yet announced his candidacy, though his aides have confirmed that he intends to run.

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` Abdel Fattah al-Sisi says he cannot ignore the demands of the majority giving the clearest indication he will run for President ‘

#AceWorldNews says that Egyptian army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Tuesday gave the clearest indication yet that he will run for president, saying he cannot ignore the demands of the “majority,” Reuters reported.

He said “official procedures” concerning his candidacy were expected in the coming days. Sisi, who toppled Egypt’s first freely elected president in July, is widely expected to become president of Egypt.

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#AceWorldNews says Egypt’s outgoing housing minister Ibrahim Mahlab…

#AceWorldNews says Egypt’s outgoing housing minister, Ibrahim Mahlab, told state-run Al-Ahram newspaper Tuesday that he had been asked to form a new government.

Mahlab is a civil engineer who was an official in deposed President Hosni Mubarak’s National Democratic Party, Reuters reported.

Army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is expected to run for the presidency, was the defence minister in the country’s government that resigned Monday.

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” Egypt’s Army-Backed Government Resigns with `Marshall Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’ expected to run for President”

#AceWorldNews says Egypt’s army-backed government has resigned, Reuters reported. “The cabinet decided… to submit its resignation to Adly Mansour, the interim president,” the cabinet said in a statement.

An unnamed source said the decision was made after a 15-minute meeting of the cabinet.

Army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is expected to run for president, served as defence minister in the cabinet.

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