German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has urged Egyptians to reject violence and seek peaceful solutions to their political crisis. Westerwelle made the comments during a visit to Cairo on Thursday.
The Egyptian election commission has announced that presidential elections are to take place in March. President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi is widely expected to run again. But will it be a one-horse race?
Several protesters in Cairo were reportedly injured and about 40 arrested after clashing with police over the death of a detainee. Cairo's security chief has said there will be an investigation into the man's death.
Egyptian voters may be heading to the polls early this year to pick their president. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's re-election seems likely, but the opposition is preparing to put up a tough fight.
Egypt is extending its state of emergency, first imposed following bomb attacks on two churches in April last year. An Islamist insurgency in Sinai has increasingly crept into other parts of Egypt, including Cairo.
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