20°C / 22°C
  • Thu
  • 16°C
  • 4°C
  • Fri
  • 18°C
  • 8°C
  • Sat
  • 19°C
  • 9°C
  • Sun
  • 21°C
  • 10°C
  • Mon
  • 22°C
  • 11°C
  • Thu
  • 17°C
  • 13°C
  • Fri
  • 18°C
  • 13°C
  • Sat
  • 20°C
  • 13°C
  • Sun
  • 23°C
  • 15°C
  • Mon
  • 21°C
  • 14°C
  • Thu
  • 18°C
  • 6°C
  • Fri
  • 21°C
  • 9°C
  • Sat
  • 22°C
  • 11°C
  • Sun
  • 22°C
  • 11°C
  • Mon
  • 24°C
  • 12°C
  • Thu
  • 16°C
  • 1°C
  • Fri
  • 19°C
  • 4°C
  • Sat
  • 20°C
  • 6°C
  • Sun
  • 22°C
  • 8°C
  • Mon
  • 23°C
  • 8°C
  • Thu
  • 21°C
  • 12°C
  • Fri
  • 25°C
  • 16°C
  • Sat
  • 21°C
  • 16°C
  • Sun
  • 25°C
  • 16°C
  • Mon
  • 26°C
  • 19°C
  • Thu
  • 21°C
  • 12°C
  • Fri
  • 17°C
  • 12°C
  • Sat
  • 17°C
  • 11°C
  • Sun
  • 25°C
  • 15°C
  • Mon
  • 21°C
  • 15°C
  • Thu
  • 14°C
  • 11°C
  • Fri
  • 19°C
  • 12°C
  • Sat
  • 24°C
  • 11°C
  • Sun
  • 26°C
  • 13°C
  • Mon
  • 24°C
  • 11°C
  • Thu
  • 16°C
  • 12°C
  • Fri
  • 18°C
  • 12°C
  • Sat
  • 21°C
  • 11°C
  • Sun
  • 24°C
  • 14°C
  • Mon
  • 22°C
  • 12°C
  • Thu
  • 19°C
  • 5°C
  • Fri
  • 23°C
  • 8°C
  • Sat
  • 23°C
  • 9°C
  • Sun
  • 23°C
  • 10°C
  • Mon
  • 25°C
  • 11°C
  • Thu
  • 15°C
  • -2°C
  • Fri
  • 18°C
  • 1°C
  • Sat
  • 20°C
  • 4°C
  • Sun
  • 22°C
  • 6°C
  • Mon
  • 23°C
  • 6°C
  • Thu
  • 23°C
  • 6°C
  • Fri
  • 28°C
  • 8°C
  • Sat
  • 24°C
  • 9°C
  • Sun
  • 27°C
  • 10°C
  • Mon
  • 29°C
  • 10°C
  • Thu
  • 18°C
  • 12°C
  • Fri
  • 16°C
  • 11°C
  • Sat
  • 17°C
  • 10°C
  • Sun
  • 22°C
  • 14°C
  • Mon
  • 19°C
  • 13°C

Egyptian authorities detain former Islamist presidential candidate

The country’s state security prosecution ordered the arrest of Abol Fotouh and several leaders of his Strong Egypt party, the news agency said.

An Egyptian policeman stands guard. Picture: AFP

CAIRO – Egyptian security forces detained former Islamist presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Abol Fotouh for alleged contacts with the banned Muslim Brotherhood group, state news agency MENA reported on Wednesday.

The country’s state security prosecution ordered the arrest of Abol Fotouh and several leaders of his Strong Egypt party, the news agency said.

He was one of the top presidential candidates in the country’s first elections after the 2011 uprising, taking about 18 percent of the first-round vote.

The arrests come several weeks before a presidential election in which President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is seeking a second term in a race against a little known politician.

It also comes two days after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for free and fair elections during his first visit to the country.

Abol Fotouh’s niece Sanaa Ahmed told Reuters tens of policemen dressed in civilian clothing came to the house with an arrest warrant and took him away Wednesday night.

Egypt banned the Brotherhood in 2013 after the army led by general-turned-president Al-Sisi ousted President Mohamed Mursi, a senior member of the Brotherhood in Egypt.

Abol Fotouh quit the Muslim Brotherhood in 2011 to mount an independent bid for the presidency and has distanced himself from the Islamist movement since then.

Abol Fotouh’s party deputy, Mohamed al-Qassas, was detained last week and is being held pending an investigation, according to the party’s Facebook page.

The party condemned the arrest and criticized what it called “the systematic targeting of the opposition politicians” in a post earlier this week.

Thirteen local and international rights groups condemned Egypt’s March presidential election on Tuesday, saying the race would neither be free nor fair.

“Egypt’s government claims to be in a ‘democratic transition’ but move further away with every election,” the groups said in a joint statement.

The country’s electoral commission has pledged to run the vote “according to principles of independence, transparency and objectivity.”

Comments

EWN welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

- Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
- Sexism
- Homophobia
- Religious intolerance
- Cyber bullying
- Hate speech
- Derogatory language
- Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the EWN community a safe and welcoming space for all.

EWN reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

EWN is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

comments powered by Disqus