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Abdul Sattar Hatita
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on : Tuesday, 2 Sep, 2014

Hazem El-Beblawi: Decision to disperse Brotherhood sit-ins had to be made

Cairo, Asharq Al-Awsat—In the final part of our two-part extensive interview with Hazem El-Beblawi, Asharq Al-Awsat talks to the former Egyptian prime minister about his experience in two transitional cabinets—in 2011 and 2013—and about the controversial decision taken in August 2013 to clear the pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins out of Rabaa Al-Adawiya and Al-Nahda squares. Asharq Al-Awsat: As you watched events in 2011 unfold in Egypt, did you expect a revolution to take plac...

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Abdul Sattar Hatita
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on : Monday, 1 Sep, 2014

Hazem El-Beblawi: I became PM when Egypt was in grave danger

Cairo, Asharq Al-Awsat—It was family friend Mohamed El-Baradei who first told Hazem El-Beblawi he had been chosen to become Egypt’s new prime minister. It was a dangerous time for the country: Islamist president Mohamed Mursi had just been ousted by the army (headed by then-Gen. Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi), violent clashes were being reported daily, and Muslim Brotherhood supporters were still camped out in huge numbers in Cairo’s Rabaa Al-Adawiya and Al-Nahda squares. Baradei promptly infor...

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Ma'ad Fayad
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on : Saturday, 30 Aug, 2014

Burham Salih: Iraq needs “active” Arab regional role

Erbil, Asharq Al-Awsat—Burham Salih, former head of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and a former deputy prime minister of Iraq, is able to walk the streets of the...

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Thair Abbas
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on : Sunday, 24 Aug, 2014

Samir Geagea: Lebanon would be ISIS’s graveyard

Beirut, Asharq Al-Awsat—Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea stressed that he would not renounce his presidential ambitions, but added that he would not oppose parliamenta...

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Ma'ad Fayad
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on : Saturday, 23 Aug, 2014

Saleh Al-Mutlaq: Iraq is going through hell

Amman, Asharq Al-Awsat—Saleh Al-Mutlaq, one of Iraq's most prominent Sunni politicians, is a controversial figure. The deputy prime minister described outgoing prime Mini...

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Nadia Al-Turki
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on : Wednesday, 20 Aug, 2014

Tunisian Defense Minister: War on terror requires patience

London, Asharq Al-Awsat—Minister of National Defense Ghazi Jeribi highlighted Tunisia’s efforts against terrorism, acknowledging that the war on terror is an asymmetr...

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Hamza Mustafa
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on : Sunday, 17 Aug, 2014

Fuad Masoum: My decision was constitutional

Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat—The recent struggle to form a new Iraqi government has refocused attention on the country’s presidency, and its new occupant, the veteran Kurdish l...

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Nasser Al-Haqbani
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on : Friday, 15 Aug, 2014

Palestinian PM: Israel does not want Palestinian unity

Jeddah, Asharq Al-Awsat—After a damaging seven-year split between Hamas in Gaza and Fatah in the West Bank, the Palestinian unity government that was sworn into office at...

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Fahd Al-Zayabi
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on : Thursday, 14 Aug, 2014

Saudi National Guard Minister: All Saudis must resist extremism

Rafha (Northern Borders Province), Asharq Al-Awsat—With the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Iraq and the continued predations of Al-Qaeda in Yemen, ...

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Thair Abbas
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on : Thursday, 14 Aug, 2014

Syrian Coalition Head: Lebanon must rein in Hezbollah

Istanbul, Asharq Al-Awsat—The shocking rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and its rampage across Iraq has taken attention away both from the conflict in neigh...

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