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Dates set for first round of Egypt's presidential election

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has gained cult-like adulation since he toppled Egypt's first freely elected leader last July. Credit: Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Egypt will hold the first round of its presidential election on May 26 and 27, the country's election committee has announced.

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the general who deposed elected Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July, is widely expected to win the election.


Two Morsi supporters sentenced to death for murder

Mohamed Morsi was ousted from office in July last year after just over 12 months as Egypt's president. Credit: Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino

Two supporters of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi have been sentenced to death for committing murder during violence which occurred last year after the army's deposed the Islamist head of state.

The pair were standing trial on charges that included throwing youths from the roof of a building in Alexandria.

The sentences came in the wake of the separate and unprecedented sentencing to death of 529 supporters of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood last Monday.

Muslim Brotherhood call Egypt sentencing 'inhumane'

Muslim Brotherhood called the sentencing to death of 529 of its supporters by an Egyptian court "inhumane and a clear violation of all norms of humane and legal justice."

A statement from the religious and political party's London office described the sentencing as "shocking and unprecedented".

"The verdict is yet another clear indication that the corrupt judiciary is being utilized by the coup commanders to suppress the Egyptian revolution and install a brutal regime which surpassed decades long of oppression and tyranny in Egypt's history," Muslim Brotherhood said.

The group stressed it will appeal the court ruling "and defend basic rights of Egyptians".

Read: Egypt says 529 Muslim Brotherhood members 'sentenced to death'


Gunmen 'kill six checkpoint officers' outside of Cairo

Unidentified gunmen opened fire on an army police checkpoint on the outskirts of Cairo, killing six officers, Egyptian state TV reported.

A senior security source told state TV that two bombs found near the checkpoint had also been deactivated. The army blamed the attack on ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group, according to a military statement. The Brotherhood was not immediately available to comment.

Read: Egyptian prime minister - Government has resigned

Report: President asks el-Beblawi to continue for now

Interim President of Egypt Adly Mansour. Credit: Michael Kappeler/DPA/Press Association Images

Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour has asked prime minister Hazem el-Beblawi to run the government's affairs until a new prime minister is selected, the state-run al-Ahram news website has reported.

Read: Egyptian government announces resignation

Egyptian Prime Minister: Resignation a 'Cabinet decision'

Egyptian Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi said the government is to resign after the "cabinet took a decision".

In a televised statement, Mr Beblawi said: "Today the cabinet took a decision to offer its resignation to the president of the republic."

Egyptian Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi (R). Credit: AA / TT/TT News Agency/Press Association Images

He gave no clear reason for the decision. Mr Beblawi was appointed after the army toppled president Mohamed Morsi last July following mass protests against his rule.

Read: Egyptian prime minister - Government has resigned

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