Ed Husain

The Arab Street

Husain examines politics, society, and radicalism in the greater Middle East.

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The Week Ahead: Attack in Egypt’s Sinai, Bilateral Talks on Syria, Transition in Libya

by Ed Husain
Egyptian soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint in Rafah city on the Egyptian border (Stringer/Courtesy Reuters). Egyptian soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint in Rafah city on the Egyptian border (Stringer/Courtesy Reuters).

Egypt. Following yesterday’s attack on Egyptian border guards that left at least sixteen dead, President Mohammed Morsi has held an emergency meeting with the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and will travel to Sinai today. Meanwhile, SCAF has vowed to step up efforts to secure the area and root out militants. Read more »

The Week Ahead: Lebanon’s Syria Concerns, Panetta’s Tour, Egypt’s Cabinet

by Ed Husain
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta speaks during a meeting with Tunisian defense minister Abdelkarim Zbidi in Tunis (Zoubeir Souissi/Courtesy Reuters). Defense Secretary Leon Panetta speaks during a meeting with Tunisian defense minister Abdelkarim Zbidi in Tunis (Zoubeir Souissi/Courtesy Reuters).

Egypt. Newly appointed prime minister Hisham Qandil has reportedly chosen candidates for a majority of the open cabinet positions, and will present his choices to President Morsi this week. The formation of the cabinet has been marked by repeated delays, but the full roster is expected to be announced within the next week. Read more »

The Week Ahead: Iraq Responds to Attacks, Syria Threatens Use of Chemical Weapons

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A policeman stands guard at the site of a bomb attack in Kirkuk on July 23, 2012 (Stringer Iraq/Courtesy Reuters). A policeman stands guard at the site of a bomb attack in Kirkuk on July 23, 2012 (Stringer Iraq/Courtesy Reuters).

Egypt. Egyptians today are recalling the 1952 military coup that brought the Free Officers to power and set the stage for decades of military dominance in Egyptian affairs. Some activists have called for protests today against efforts by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to retain power in Egypt despite the election of a civilian president, Mohammed Morsi. Read more »

The Week Ahead: Egypt’s Power Struggle, Saudi Arabia’s Morality Police, Syria’s Civil War

by Ed Husain
Two members of the Free Syrian Army take defense positions in a house in El Moalimin neighborhood in Homs (Stringer/Courtesy Reuters). Two members of the Free Syrian Army take defense positions in a house in El Moalimin neighborhood in Homs (Stringer/Courtesy Reuters).

Egypt. An Egyptian administrative court will hear arguments this week on the legality of the committee charged with writing the new constitution. The hearing had been scheduled for September but was moved up, fueling speculation that the ruling will be politicized as a part of the ongoing power struggle between the military and President Mohammed Morsi’s nascent government. Field Marshal Tantawi’s statement yesterday that the military would not allow a “certain group” to dominate Egypt indicates the military has no plans to back down. Read more »

The Week Ahead: Libya Votes, Syrian Opposition Seeks Common Ground, Kuwait’s Uncertainty Continues

by Ed Husain
Protesters set fire to voting materials after storming the office of the national election commission in Benghazi (Esam el-Fatori/Courtesy Reuters). Protesters set fire to voting materials after storming the office of the national election commission in Benghazi (Esam el-Fatori/Courtesy Reuters).

Egypt. The constituent assembly continues to meet this week to discuss the writing of Egypt’s new constitution. Although the military’s constitutional decree—issued before the presidential election—has left the assembly’s future in doubt, members are moving forward to form subcommittees covering topics such as basic constitutional principles, rights and freedoms, system of government, and regulatory bodies. Read more »

The Week Ahead: Morsi to Be Sworn In, Putin Visits the Region, Sudan Protests Continue

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President-elect Mohammed Morsi prepares for his first televised address to the nation in Cairo (Stringer Egypt/Courtesy Reuters). President-elect Mohammed Morsi prepares for his first televised address to the nation in Cairo (Stringer Egypt/Courtesy Reuters).

Egypt. President-elect Mohammed Morsi is to be officially sworn in this week, and has already moved into former president Hosni Mubarak’s office. The current cabinet, led by Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri, is expected to submit its resignation soon. The location of Morsi’s swearing-in ceremony remains unconfirmed—it has been reported that he may take the oath before Egypt’s High Constitutional Court, and that he may appear before parliament, in defiance of its dissolution by SCAF. Read more »

The Week Ahead: Crown Prince Named in Saudi Arabia, Parliament Suspended in Kuwait, Uncertainty Persists in Egypt

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Newly appointed crown prince Salman of Saudi Arabia reacts upon the arrival of the coffin of Crown Prince Nayef at Jeddah airport (Handout/Courtesy Reuters). Newly appointed crown prince Salman of Saudi Arabia reacts upon the arrival of the coffin of Crown Prince Nayef at Jeddah airport (Handout/Courtesy Reuters).

Egypt. Although official election results are not due until Thursday, the Muslim Brotherhood has claimed victory for its presidential candidate, Mohammed Morsi. His challenger, former prime minister Ahmed Shafik, has not yet commented, but his spokesperson has emphasized that the results are not final. The election has been overshadowed by court decisions and a declaration by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces giving it the final word on most political matters, and complete independence from civilian oversight. Read more »

The Week Ahead: Egypt’s Runoff Election and a New Leader for Syria’s National Council

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The new president of the Syrian National Council, Abdelbaset Sieda, speaks during a news conference in Istanbul (Osman Orsal/Courtesy Reuters). The new president of the Syrian National Council, Abdelbaset Sieda, speaks during a news conference in Istanbul (Osman Orsal/Courtesy Reuters).

Egypt. The runoff election between presidential candidates Mohammed Morsi and Ahmed Shafiq is scheduled for June 16 and 17. Meanwhile, calls for an election boycott are gaining strength among voters who identify with neither candidate or who believe Shafiq, as a former Mubarak regime official, should not be permitted to participate in the election. Whether the boycott will affect the legitimacy of the vote’s outcome remains to be seen. Read more »

The Week Ahead: Egyptians Abroad Vote in Runoff, Libyan Elections Delayed

by Ed Husain
A student walks past an electoral billboard in Tripoli on May 28, 2012 (Ismail Zeitouni/Courtesy Reuters). A student walks past an electoral billboard in Tripoli on May 28, 2012 (Ismail Zeitouni/Courtesy Reuters).

Egypt. Voting in the presidential runoff began yesterday at Egyptian embassies worldwide and will continue until Saturday, June 9—Egypt’s foreign ministry is reporting high voter turnout thus far in the contest between former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq and the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi. Meanwhile, protesters remain in Tahrir Square following weekend demonstrations against the verdict that sent former president Hosni Mubarak and his interior minister to prison for life, but acquitted his sons and other government officials. The verdict is already being appealed. Read more »

The Week Ahead: Egyptian Elections, Uneasy Calm in Lebanon, Yemen Reacts to Attack

by Ed Husain
Lebanese mourners and gunmen carry the body of Sheikh Ahmed Abdul Wahid, a Sunni Muslim cleric, during his funeral in northern Lebanon (Mohamed Azakir/Courtesy Reuters). Lebanese mourners and gunmen carry the body of Sheikh Ahmed Abdul Wahid, a Sunni Muslim cleric, during his funeral in northern Lebanon (Mohamed Azakir/Courtesy Reuters).

Egypt. The country’s first presidential elections since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak will take place this Wednesday and Thursday, May 23 and 24. Candidates Amr Moussa and Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh are the current front-runners, although it is difficult to predict the results based on limited available polling data. The Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi fared well in early voting by Egyptians abroad. Read more »