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Egypt's State Of Emergency Lifted, Even As Violence Mars Campaign


CAIRO - Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate Mohamed Mursi expressed confidence that he would be elected in the upcoming runoff and sought to assuage Christians' fears about Islamist rule, Egypt's Al-Ahram reported on Friday.

Egyptians, particularly those who supported the Arab spring revolution, will not accept a Mubarak-style regime again, Mursi told Reuters. His rival for the presidency, Ahmed Shafik, was former President Hosni Mubarak's last appointed prime minister and a former Air Force chief. Rallies were set for Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday to oppose Shafik's candidacy.

Meanwhile late Thursday night, three people were killed when armed clashes erupted at a meeting of Shafik supporters in the province of Qena. The conference had been organized by tribes but was disrupted by youth supporters of the revolution, including Salafi and Muslim Brotherhood members, "who tried to storm it" and caused "an affront to the tribes' dignity," Al-Ahram reported.

Mustafa Fouad, the head of the Youth Revolutionary Coalition, said they decided to go to the conference after learning that former elements from Mubarak's regime and ruling party, the National Democratic Party, would be there to express their strong support for Shafik. Fouad told the paper he was "surprised" by the firing on the demonstrators.

Also on Friday, a State of Emergency, that had long symbolized the oppressiveness of the Mubarak regime, was finally lifted after 31 years. Human rights activists told Al-Masry Al-Youm that despite the presence of a Mubarak ally in next month's presidential runoff, the end to the State of Emergency was a sign that democracy has begun to take root.

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War, Corruption And The Overdue Demise Of Ukrainian Oligarchs

The invasion of Russia has forced Ukraine to confront a domestic enemy: corruption and economic control by an insular and unethical elite.

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May 21, 2021, Ukraine: Demonstrators hold smoke bombs outside the Appeal Court of Kyiv.

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KYIV — Since Russia’s invasion, Ukraine's all-powerful oligarchs have lost a significant chunk of their wealth and political influence. However, the fight against the corruption that plagues the country is only just beginning.

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On the morning of September 2, several men wearing balaclavas and bullet-proof waistcoats bearing the initials "SBU" arrived at the door of an opulent mansion in Dnipro, Ukraine's fourth largest city. Facing them, his countenance frowning behind thin-rimmed glasses, was the owner of the house, the oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky.

Officers from the Ukrainian security services had come to hand him a "suspicion notice" as part of an investigation into "fraud" and "money laundering". His home was searched, and shortly afterwards he was remanded in custody, with bail set at 509 million hryvnias, or more than €1.3 million. A photo of the operation published that very morning by the security services was widely shared on social networks and then picked up by various media outlets.

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