Egypt's army has announced a full-scale assault on militant areas in the restive northern Sinai desert, in what a senior Israeli official has approvingly called Egypt's first-ever serious counter-terrorism campaign in the region. Since July, militant Islamist groups in Sinai, the peninsular sandwiched between Egypt and Israel, have killed dozens of police and army officers in an insurgency sparked by anger at ex-president Mohamed Morsi's July overthrow.
Thousands of supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi have taken to the streets in their largest protests for two weeks. Clashes between police and Muslim Brotherhood supporters have broken out in several cites and at least six people are said to have been killed. Earlier this month hundreds of protesters died when security forces stormed pro-Morsi camps in the capital. The Brotherhood is demanding the reinstatement of Mr Morsi.
A tight lockdown on Cairo by Egyptian security forces on Friday all but squelched a planned day of protests by the Muslim Brotherhood and its allies, suggesting that the new military government had gained a decisive edge in its battle against supporters of the ousted president, Mohamed Morsi.
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been released from prison after appealing against his detention. He was flown out of Cairo's Tora prison by helicopter to a hospital, but is now expected to be put under house arrest. Mr Mubarak, 85, still faces charges of corruption and complicity in the killing of demonstrators during the protests that toppled him in 2011.
Scores of people have been killed in Egypt after security forces opened fire on anti-coup protesters staging a "day of rage" against the military-led government. In the worst of the violence on Friday, at least 95 people were killed and hundreds injured in Cairo's Ramses Square as anti-coup protesters were fired on by government forces. A correspondent for Al Jazeera described lines of bodies in a makeshift morgue in the nearby Al-Fath mosque.
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood has called for supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi to partake in a 'day of anger' in the capital, Cairo, after hundreds were killed in a crackdown on their protest camps. The announcement comes a day after hundreds of people were killed when security forces cleared two pro-Morsi protest camps, ending sit-ins that began after the army toppled Morsi on July 3.
As the situation escalates into a full-fledged confrontation between the Egyptian military and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, Washington is once again playing catch-up with its own clients. Happy to see the back of the Islamists, the US administration refrained from referring to the military overthrow of President Morsi as a coup even when influential members of Congress recognised it as such. The Obama administration wanted the coup to work; it did not want blood on its hands. But if they hoped to appease and influence the military, they were wrong.
The official death toll in Egypt has reached 278, after security forces stormed protest sites in Cairo and clashed with supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi elsewhere in the country. A curfew was imposed in 14 provinces across the country on Wednesday, along with a month-long state of emergency. The death toll continued to rise throughout the day, with Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood saying the actual number of dead was much higher than the number reported by the Health Ministry.
Egyptian police have fired tear gas to disperse crowds of supporters of detained ex-leader Mohammed Morsi during a march in central Cairo. Morsi supporters went to a government compound to protest at the appointment of army officers as local governors
Two leading US senators have urged Egypt's military-backed interim government to release all political prisoners during a visit to Cairo. John McCain and Lindsey Graham also called for a national dialogue that included the Muslim Brotherhood of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. Earlier, they held met senior officials as part of a US diplomatic push to help end the political crisis in Egypt.
With every day that passes, the stalemate between supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi and the military-backed interim government grows more intense. What's clear is that the sit-ins staged by the pro-Morsi camp - organised predominately by the Muslim Brotherhood - cannot go on indefinitely, as the largest, in Nasr City, has laid siege to the area. It's also clear that the government is unable to simply order the voluntary evacuation of these sit-ins, as participants' desire to stay remains strong.
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood on Friday criticised US Secretary of State John Kerry for saying the Egyptian military had been "restoring democracy" when it toppled Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. In the strongest words of US support yet for the new leadership, Kerry said the Egyptian army had been "restoring democracy" when it toppled Morsi.
Egypt's interim government was accused of attempting to return the country to the Mubarak era on Monday, after the country's interior ministry announced the resurrection of several controversial police units that were nominally shut down following the country's 2011 uprising and the interim prime minister was given the power to place the country in a state of emergency
Egyptian police fired tear gas at anti-coup protesters after the government vowed to clear them from the streets of Cairo "in a legal manner". Dozens of people were shown on television on Saturday injured in a field hospital, shortly after the police action near the October 6 bridge in Nasr City according to Al Jazeera's Jamal Elshayyal. State television said that 35 people were injured.
Pre-dawn clashes between supporters and opponents of Egypt's ousted president near the main campus of Cairo University have left six dead, a senior medical official has said. Khaled el-Khateeb, who heads the health ministry's emergency and intensive care department, said on Tuesday that the six died close to the site of a sit-in by supporters of Mohamed Morsi, who was ousted by the military on 3 July after a year in office.
Supporters and opponents of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi have clashed in central Cairo and north of the capital, hurling stones at each other as security forces fired tear gas to try to disperse them, witnesses said.
Tens of thousands of people have demonstrated in cities across Egypt, demanding the reinstatement of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, as his opponents also held similar demonstrations in the capital Cairo. The country's military, meanwhile, has warned that it may crack down violently on any future mass protests against the overthrow of the president that it carried out on July 3. A vast pro-Morsi crowd gathered at Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque on Friday, where the former president's supporters have camped out since the military overthrew him.
Thousands of supporters of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood have been demonstrating in Cairo's Nasr City district, waving pictures of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, as the anti-Morsi camp planned a mass evening gathering in Tahrir Square. Crowds in Nasr City were chanting anti-military slogans, calling Abdul Fatah al-Sisi, the country's army chief, a traitor for removing of Morsi from office last week.
A deadly shooting at the site of a sit-in by Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Cairo, demanding the reinstatement of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, has left dozens of people dead. The Egyptian health ministry said at least 51 people had been killed and more than 300 injured in the incident early on Monday morning.
At least three supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi were killed by gunfire as a crowd of several hundred tried to march towards the military barracks in Cairo where he is believed to be held. Al Jazeera's Matthew Cassel, reporting from near the military barracks, said several dozen people were also injured by shotgun pellets fired by the army.
The Egyptian army has overthrown President Mohamed Morsi, announcing a roadmap for the country s political future that will be implemented by a national reconciliation committee. The head of Egypt's armed forces issued a declaration on Wednesday evening suspending the constitution and appointing the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly al-Mansour, as interim head of state.
Brushing aside a military ultimatum and his deepening isolation, President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt declared on Tuesday that he was the legitimate leader of the country and blamed the spiraling and violent national crisis on what he repeatedly called the corrupt "remnants of the former regime" overthrown in the 2011 revolution.
The Egyptian army has asked President Mohamed Morsi to resolve huge protests against his rule or face intervention within 48 hours, placing huge pressure on country's first democratically elected leader.
The headquarters of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood have been burned and ransacked following an all-night siege one day after millions protested on Egypt's streets calling for President Mohamed Morsi's resignation. In an episode reminiscent of the sacking of Hosni Mubarak's political headquarters during Egypt's 2011 uprising, around 50 anti-Brotherhood protesters spent the night attacking the compound - situated on a rocky, isolated outcrop in east Cairo - with molotov cocktails, causing a series of small fires and explosions.
Egypt's main opposition coalition has rejected President Mohamed Morsi's offer for dialogue on reconciliation, and said it insisted on holding early presidential elections. A statement by the National Salvation Front - an umbrella of opposition groups - read by reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei said on Thursday that Morsi's two-and-a-hour speech reflected a "clear inability" to acknowledge the difficult conditions in Egypt.
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has warned that continuing unrest is "threatening to paralyse the country". In a televised speech marking his first year in office, Mr Morsi said he had made some "mistakes" since becoming president. Troops have been deployed across Egyptian cities ahead of planned weekend protests demanding his removal.
Egypt's army has cautioned that it will intervene next weekend if mass rallies against the president descend into violence, in one of its strongest warnings since it handed over to civilian government a year ago. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the defence minister, said he would not allow "attack on the will of the people" and called for political reconciliation in the week before mass rallies against President Mohamed Morsi next Sunday.
Egypt is open to visitors who drink alcohol and wear bikinis, the tourism minister has said, as the Islamist-ruled country sets out to boost numbers by at least a fifth this year. Tourism is a pillar of the Egyptian economy but has suffered since a popular uprising toppled President Hosni Mubarak in 2011 and set off two years of periodic rioting and instability.
More than two years after the Egyptian uprising, the country s new Islamist government has struggled to confront a drop in tourism and the faltering economy. But the leadership has remained silent about another crucial indicator that has surged to a 20-year high: the country s birthrate.
An inquiry into the deaths of nearly 900 protesters during Egypt's revolution has concluded that the police were behind nearly all the killings. The report, parts of which were obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday, said the police force used snipers on rooftops overlooking Cairo's Tahrir Square to shoot into the crowds.
President Mohamed Morsi has brought forward the start of the country's parliamentary elections to April 22 after members of the Coptic Christian minority criticised the planned timing of the polls. The first round of voting in Cairo and four other provinces had been scheduled for 27 April, which would have seen some voting take place during the Easter holiday.
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has called parliamentary elections, starting on 27 April and end in June. A presidential decree said voting would take place in four regional stages, due to a shortage of election supervisors. Mr Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood movement hope the election will put an end to increasingly vocal opposition and street protests, analysts say.
In an ominous warning, the head of Egypt's armed forces has said that continuing civil unrest may soon cause the collapse of the Egyptian state. Parts of Egypt are in turmoil following five days of rioting in which 52 people have been killed and more than 1,000 injured after protests against President Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood and police brutality turned violent. The unrest comes two years after the start of the 2011 revolution that toppled the former dictator Hosni Mubarak.
Hopes for a swift end to Egypt's impasse faded on Monday as opposition leaders rebuffed a call by President Mohamed Morsi for a "national dialogue" amid violence that cast a long shadow over the second anniversary of the revolution that overthrew Hosni Mubarak. Fifty dead, hundreds of arrests, curfews and a state of emergency in three provinces were stark reminders of the volatile standoff between Morsi's Islamist and conservative supporters and secularists, liberals, left-wingers and Copts.
Egypt's president declared a state of emergency and curfew in three Suez Canal provinces hit hardest by a weekend wave of unrest that left more than 50 dead, using tactics of the ousted regime to get a grip on discontent over his Islamist policies and the slow pace of change.
The Egyptian government appeared to have lost control of the major city of Port Said on Saturday after a court sentenced 21 fans to death for their role in a deadly soccer riot, and their supporters attacked the prison where they were being held, as well as the police and court buildings.
Egypt's disparate opposition groups remain so divided that analysts and activists say they risk losing the last major decision-making body in the country to Islamists when the country votes in upcoming parliamentary elections.
Egypt's disparate opposition groups remain so divided that analysts and activists say they risk losing the last major decision-making body in the country to Islamists when the country votes in upcoming parliamentary elections.
Nearly three years ago, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood delivered a speech urging Egyptians to "nurse our children and our grandchildren on hatred" for Jews and Zionists. In a television interview months later, the same leader described Zionists as "these bloodsuckers who attack the Palestinians, these warmongers, the descendants of apes and pigs."
The vote has ended, but the controversy and the national divide live on. Although two-thirds of Egyptians who voted chose to endorse the controversial constitution, the 33 percent turnout was the worst in any key vote since the revolution in 2011. The opposition feels emboldened by that, saying it backs their arguments against the legitimacy of the constitution and goes to show that the majority of Egyptians were not happy with it.
Farouk Hosni leads a quiet life these days. He listens to classical music. He paints. He follows politics closely but he doesn t dare get involved. And many Egyptians say he doesn t have the right to. Hosni served as culture minister for 23 of the nearly 30 years that Hosni Mubarak ruled Egypt. When Egyptians rose up to overthrow Mubarak two years ago, many said they expected men like Hosni to land behind bars. And what irks so many now is not just that many of the "felool," or remnants of the old regime, have evaded jail time but that they continue to lead extremely comfortable lives
Egypt's chief prosecutor has ordered an investigation into allegations that opposition leaders committed treason by inciting supporters to overthrow President Mohammed Morsi. The probe, launched on Thursday, targets opposition leaders Mohammed El-Baradei, a Nobel Peace laureate and former head of the UN nuclear agency, former Foreign Minister Amr Moussa, and Hamdeen Sabahi. Both Moussa and Sabahi were presidential candidates who competed against Morsi in the last election.
The official approval of Egypt's disputed, Islamist-backed constitution Tuesday held out little hope of stabilizing the country after two years of turmoil and Islamist President Mohammed Morsi may now face a more immediate crisis with the economy falling deeper into distress.
An International Monetary Fund loan to Egypt has been delayed until next month, intensifying the political crisis gripping the country, it was announced on Tuesday. The announcement of the delay came as judges voted decisively against overseeing Saturday's referendum on a controversial new constitution. In a further sign of the seriousness of the country's political stalemate the defence minister in charge of Egypt's military, Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi, called for a "national dialogue meeting" on Wednesday to try to find consensus between the Muslim Brotherhood and opposition groups.
There are two evidently opportunistic events that have come together to signal a dreadful attempt by the Muslim Brotherhood to claim the entirety of the Egyptian revolution for themselves, pretty much on the same model that the Shia clerics hijacked the Iranian revolution of 1977-1979 - with the crucial difference that Egyptians in their tens of thousands have poured into their streets and are far more alert and vigilant to protect the totality of their revolution than Iranians were more than thirty years ago.
Opponents and supporters of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's plans to proceed with a referendum on a draft constitution have vowed to take to the streets in Cairo, risking more violent confrontation after last week's deadly clashes.
Islamist supporters of President Mohamed Morsi captured, detained and beat dozens of his political opponents last week, holding them for hours with their hands bound on the pavement outside the presidential palace while pressuring them to confess that they had accepted money to use violence in protests against him.
A major Egyptian opposition group has said that President Mohamed Morsi's decision only to rescind a decree that gave him sweeping powers and not scrap a referendum on a controversial draft constitution has "fallen short of expectations" required to defuse tensions in the country
In an exclusive interview with the BBC, the former head of the Egyptian State Television network has claimed he resigned in protest against the new government's "mis-handling" of demonstrations and at its "interference in state media". Essam El Amir is one of a number of high profile state television figures to resign in protest over government pressure to broadcast pro-Muslim Brotherhood propaganda. He believes the interference is greater under the new administration than under President Mubarak.
Egypt's powerful military, sidelined last summer by the newly elected Islamist president, edged back Saturday into a political fray boiling over with tensions between secular forces and a government determined to pass a constitution enshrining a central role for religion.
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has annulled a decree he issued last month expanding his powers, an official told a Cairo news conference. A referendum on a draft constitution would, however, still go ahead as planned on December 15, said Selim al-Awa, an official acting as spokesman of a meeting Morsi held earlier on Saturday with other political leaders.
Thousands of Egyptians have marched towards the presidential palace in Cairo for another day of demonstrations against the government, while thousands of his backers gathered for a funeral of two men killed in recent clashes. As many as 10,000 protesters who were penned behind a barrier at the palace broke through barricades on Friday evening, climbing onto army tanks and waving flags as they chanted slogans against President Mohamed Morsi.
Resignations rocked the government of President Mohamed Morsi on Thursday as tanks from the special presidential guard took up positions around his palace and the state television headquarters after a night of street fighting between his Islamist supporters and their secular opponents that left at least 6 dead and 450 wounded.
At least four people have been killed in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, as supporters and opponents of President Mohamed Morsi clashed near the presidential palace, the health ministry says. Fighting continued into the early morning on Thursday with fires burning in the streets where the opposing sides threw stones and petrol bombs at each other.
Egyptian security forces have clashed with opponents of Mohamed Morsi who gathered outside the presidential palace in Cairo to protest against his assumption of new powers. The march came amid rising anger over decrees Morsi has passed that give him sweeping powers. Opponents say the drafting of a new constitution has been rushed and is a move towards dictatorial rule. Morsi has called for a referendum on the draft constitution on 15 December.
Egypt's highest court suspended its sessions indefinitely on Sunday after Islamist protesters surrounded the building before a ruling on the fate of the panel that drafted the country's constitution. In a statement, the supreme constitutional court (SCC) called it a "dark day" in the history of the judiciary and expressed sadness at the "psychological assassination" of the court
President Mohammed Morsi has said Egypt's new draft constitution will be put to a referendum on 15 December. He made the announcement before the Islamist-dominated constituent assembly, which rushed to approve the document earlier in the week. Both the draft constitution and a recent decree giving Mr Morsi sweeping new powers have prompted widespread protests by opponents of the president.
Tens of thousands of protesters have rallied in central Cairo, continuing more than a week of demonstrations against new powers assumed by the president and the drafting of a constitution seen by many as undermining basic freedoms.
Tens of thousands of people are staging a protest in the Egyptian capital against President Mohamed Morsi, who last week granted himself sweeping new powers. "The people want the regime to fall," the crowds chanted. Protesters and riot police clashed in Cairo on Tuesday near Tahrir Square, the birthplace of the uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak nearly two years ago.
Tens of thousands of people have held protests in Cairo against Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi, who last week granted himself sweeping new powers. Flag-waving demonstrators chanted slogans accusing the president and the Muslim Brotherhood of betraying last year's revolution.
Egypt's president has agreed that only his decisions related to "sovereign matters" would be protected from judicial review, his spokesman has said, indicating he had accepted a judiciary-proposed compromise to try to defuse a crisis
Egypt's main Islamist party has called off a demonstration in Cairo, amid a crisis over the extent of President Mohammed Mursi's powers. The Muslim Brotherhood said it would not hold the protest on Tuesday, as originally planned, "to avoid clashes". Opponents of President Mursi and of the Brotherhood have said they would hold their own protest against a decree giving the president sweeping powers.
Egypt's president on Thursday issued constitutional amendments that placed him above judicial oversight and ordered the retrial of Hosni Mubarak for the killing of protesters in last year's uprising.
The outbreak of Israeli-Palestinian violence poses a delicate diplomatic challenge for the Egyptian government. While the powerful Muslim Brotherhood is sympathetic to Hamas and public anger is swelling in Egypt against the Israeli military operation in Gaza, President Morsi is also under international pressure to help broker a ceasefire and safeguard peace in the region.
A large crowd estimated to range between a few hundred to a few thousand people rallied in Cairo on Friday to protest against Islamist influence in the drafting of Egypt's new constitution. Shouting slogans against the Muslim Brotherhood, which controls the country's presidency and the constituent assembly, the crowd marched from several points and assembled in Tahrir Square, the scene of violent clashes during a similar protest last week.
President Mohammed Mursi of Egypt has agreed to allow the Mubarak-era chief prosecutor to keep his job after an embarrassing public row. Spokesmen for Mr Mursi and the prosecutor, Abdel Maguid Mahmoud, confirmed an agreement had been reached at talks in the capital, Cairo. Mr Mahmoud earlier returned to work, escorted by judges and lawyers. He has been criticised for acquitting officials accused of attacking protesters under Hosni Mubarak.
Fresh clashes have broken out in the Egyptian capital Cairo in the worst violence since President Mohammed Mursi took office at the end of June. Scores of people were reported injured as supporters and opponents of Mr Mursi fought in Tahrir Square. Tensions are high after Egyptian judges criticised Mr Mursi's attempt to remove the country's top prosecutor.
Abdel Maguid Mahmoud, Egypt's prosecutor-general, has rejected a move by President Mohamed Morsi to remove him from his post, a day after all 24 defendants in the Cairo "Camel Battle" case were acquitted, state media reports. Mahmoud told Egyptian state media on Thursday that he would remain in post, saying that Morsi' move to remove him was beyond the mandate of the president's powers.
Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi has pardoned all political prisoners detained since the start of protests that toppled Hosni Mubarak last year. The pardon covers citizens facing trial and those serving jail sentences except for those convicted of murder, the presidential spokesman said, but did not give a specific number for the pardoned prisoners.
The Obama administration notified Congress on Friday that it intends to give Egypt's new government an emergency cash infusion of $450 million, but the move immediately encountered resistance from lawmakers wary of foreign aid in general and of Egypt s new course under the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood.
A former leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt s first democratically elected president, Mr. Morsi sought in a 90-minute interview with The New York Times to introduce himself to the American public and to revise the terms of relations between his country and the United States after the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, an autocratic but reliable ally.
Women are erratic and emotional, and they make good wives and mothers but never leaders or rulers. That, at least, is what Osama Abou Salama, a professor of botany at Cairo University and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, told young men and women during a recent premarital counseling class.
Egyptian state television has lifted a decades-long ban on veiled female news presenters whom successive secular-leaning regimes have barred from going on air. In a cream-colored headscarf and a dark suit, Fatma Nabil appeared on Sunday and read the 12pm news bulletin. State TV said this was the first such appearance by a woman with her hair covered since it was established a half century ago.
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi s international debut made its biggest splash at home. After he publicly denounced Syria s regime while being hosted by Damascus top ally Iran, Egyptian supporters and even some critics are lauding him as a new Arab leader that speaks truth to power.
Egypt's president has told a summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (Nam) that the Syrian uprising is a "revolution against an oppressive regime". Mohammed Mursi, making the first visit to Iran by an Egyptian leader since 1979, said the movement had an "ethical duty" to support the uprising. His comments sparked a walkout by the Syrian delegation.
President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt forced the retirement on Sunday of his powerful defense minister, the army chief of staff and other senior generals, moving more aggressively than ever before to reclaim political power that the military had seized since the fall of Hosni Mubarak last year.
Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi has fired his spy chief Murad Muwafi in a major shake-up of military and intelligence ranks extending to the head of the Republican Guard and the governor of North Sinai.
Egypt has launched air strikes in the Sinai region close to the border with Gaza, killing more than 20 people, in response to a deadly attack on Sunday on a police station, the state-run Ahram news website has reported. The air strikes on positions in the town of Sheikh Zouaid on Wednesday followed the deaths of 16 border guards at the weekend in an attack by gunmen whose identities are yet to be determined.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has held talks with Egypt's top military leaders in Cairo, after calling for them to help smooth the country's full transition to democracy. The top US diplomat met Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, the head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), on Sunday, a day after arriving in Egypt amid a complex power struggle being played out between the army and newly-elected president, Mohamed Morsi.
Egypt s highest court and its most senior generals on Monday dismissed President Mohamed Morsi s order to restore the dissolved Parliament as an affront to the rule of law, escalating a raw contest for supremacy between the competing camps.
President Mohamed Morsi has defied Egypt's top court and its powerful military council by ordering the country's dissolved parliament back to work. Morsi issued a decree on Sunday withdrawing the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces decision last month to dissolve parliament, which came after the Supreme Constitutional Court found that the legislature had been elected using an unconstitutional method.
Mohamed Morsi has been sworn in by Egypt's highest court as the country's first freely elected president, succeeding Hosni Mubarak who was toppled 16 months ago. He took the oath on Saturday before the Supreme Constitutional Court in their courthouse near the Nile River built to resemble an ancient Egyptian temple.
What we now see being played out in Egypt, for all the differences, is eerily reminiscent of what I saw at close hand in Algeria just over 20 years ago. Like the Algerian army before it, the Egyptian military has never had any intention of subordinating itself or making itself accountable to a genuinely democratic government - still less one dominated by the Muslim Brothers and the Salafis. And like the FLN regime before them, the power behind Mubarak-era repression has found that subtle political manipulation and intimidation is not sufficient to control a genuine democratic tide once unleashed.
The Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Mursi has called for national unity following his victory in Egypt's presidential elections. Mr Mursi, an Islamist and Egypt's first democratically elected leader, said he would be president for all Egyptians. He won 51.73% of the vote in last-week's run-off, beating former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq.
Tens of thousands of Egyptians have returned to Cairo s Tahrir Square to demand the rollback of what they see as politically biased court decisions and military power grabs designed to throttle last year's revolution and steal the presidential election.
The Muslim Brotherhood has called for mass protests across Egypt to demonstrate against sweeping new powers taken by the ruling military council. Over the weekend, the generals issued two decrees dissolving the Islamist-dominated parliament and claiming all legislative power for themselves.
As Egyptians voted in a landmark presidential election pitting Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi against Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister, Ahmed Shafik, Al Qaeda s leader urged Islamists to unite and revoke Egypt s 1979 peace treaty with Israel. Although Al Qaeda's influence has diminished over the years, Ayman Zawahiri sent out the message during a pivotal time as Egyptian voters faced the choice between an Islamist and a secular holdover from the former regime. The election has left Egyptians deeply divided.
The Muslim Brotherhood early Monday projected its candidate, an Islamist, as the winner of Egypt s first competitive presidential election, hours after the ruling military council issued an interim constitution granting itself broad power over the future government, all but eliminating the president s authority in an apparent effort to guard against just such a victory.