Egypt detains prominent opposition leader over alleged anti-government plot

Egypt detained a leading opposition figure and allies on Tuesday on charges of plotting to bring down the government, but opposition groups said the arrests aimed to stymie their preparations for parliamentary elections next year. Zyad Elelaimy, a prominent member of the Social Democratic Party and the Civil Democratic Movement, was held along with at least three others, the interior ministry said in a statement. Elelaimy, who was also a leading member of the 2011 protests that unseated longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak, was arrested minutes after leaving a friend’s house in Cairo’s Maadi district around 2:20 a.m., eyewitnesses said. READ: How Sisi carries out ‘discreet assassinations’ against opponents “About two minutes after he left we heard him calling us. We … Continue reading Egypt detains prominent opposition leader over alleged anti-government plot