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Experts: Egypt’s military warnings target Islamists and liberals alike

Source : Dina al-Shibeeb, Al Arabiya | 24 Jun 2013

The Egyptian army’s strong warnings on Saturday that they would intervene to stop the country “from plunging into a dark tunnel” were seen by political observers as directed towards both the Islamists in power and liberal opposition forces.

Political and activist groups opposed to Islamist President Mohammad Mursi are planning mass protests on June 30 to call for the president’s ouster. Last Friday, pro-government rallies were held in Cairo to denounce violence and show support for the president.

Civil disobedience grips Cairo as protests rock the rest of Egypt

By Agencies | 25 Feb 2013

Protesters on Sunday blocked the doors to Cairo's main administrative building as part of a growing campaign of civil disobedience around the country against President Mohamed Mursi.

A group of protesters closed the doors of the Mugamma, a massive labyrinth of bureaucratic offices on the edge of Tahrir Square, leaving only a side exit for employees to leave, emploees told AFP.

Threats of 'Revolution' in Pakistan as Popular Outrage Grows

By Jon Queally | Agencies | 16 Jan 2013

Pakistan's internal political atmosphere was tense Tuesday as tens of thousands gathered outside Parliament in the capital city of Islamabad to join a popular protest against corruption in government, calling for 'revolution' if their demands for a peaceful transition of power were not followed.

Egypt’s hardline Islamist party unravels, pointing to fragility in political Islam

Source : AP | 05 Oct 2012

Internal feuds are threatening to unravel the political party of Egypt’s ultraconservative Islamist Salafis, as pragmatists try to shake off the control of hardline clerics who reject any compromise in their stark, puritanical version of Islam.

The fight for leadership could paralyze the Al-Nour Party, which rocketed out of nowhere to become Egypt’s second most powerful political force, behind the Muslim Brotherhood. Together, the Brotherhood and Al-Nour embodied the rise of Islamists to prominence after last year’s fall of Hosni Mubarak.

Kazakh leader moves premier to powerful insider post

Source : AFP | 25 Sep 2012

Kazakh leader Nursultan Nazarbayev yesterday moved his Prime Minister Karim Massimov to the post of presidential administration chief amid jostling over the succession in the oil-rich state.

Former First Deputy Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov was swiftly confirmed by Parliament as the new premier in the Central Asian nation, which has been ruled by Nazarbayev since before the fall of the Soviet Union.

Libya's ruling council hands over power to new assembly

Source : Agencies | 09 Aug 2012

Libya's ruling council handed over power to a newly elected national assembly on Wednesday in the North African country's first peaceful transition of power in its modern history but which comes amid heightened violence.

In a late-night ceremony held under tight security in Tripoli, the National Transitional Council (NTC), political arm of the opposition forces that toppled Muammar Gaddafi a year ago, handed over to the national congress, elected in July.

Tunisia Ennahda government: None has right to criticize including US

Source : Middle East Online | Tunis | 09 May 2012

Tunisia on Tuesday denounced "American interference" in judicial affairs after the US ambassador criticized a ruling that fined a television station boss for showing a film that depicted God.

The US ambassador in Tunis Gordon Gray last Thursday expressed "serious concerns" after a court fined the Nessma station's chief executive Nabil Karoui for broadcasting the Franco-Iranian film "Persepolis".

Pakistan's PM Gilani found guilty of contempt

Source : Reuters | Karachi | 26 Apr 2012

Pakistan's Supreme Court on Thursday found Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani guilty of contempt of court for refusing to reopen corruption cases against the president, but gave him only a symbolic sentence of a few minutes' detention in the courtroom.

It was unclear if the token sentence would defuse political uncertainty in Pakistan, where the president and prime minister have jousted with the military and judiciary. Despite the light sentence, Gilani could still come under pressure to quit.

Sudan parliament calls South an “enemy“

By Reuters | Khartoum/Juba | 17 Apr 2012

Sudan’s parliament branded South Sudan an “enemy” on Monday and called for a swift recapture of a disputed oil-producing region, as rising border tensions pushed the old civil war foes closer to another full-blown conflict.

South Sudan, which seceded from Sudan last July, seized the contested Heglig oilfield last Tuesday, prompting its northern neighbor to vow to recapture the area by “all means.”

Libya prepares more oil autonomy for its east

By Reuters | Rome | 22 Mar 2012

Plans to grant more autonomy to Libya's oil rich east were laid out this week at the nation's first oil and gas summit held in Rome after months of unease among international oil companies over the uncertainty.

A new system in place will devolve power to subsidiary firms previously controlled by the state's National Oil Corporation (NOC) Mohamed Elabdaly, chair of the Libya Oil and Gas Summit, said.

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