Rival protesters clash outside the presidential palace in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. Anti-government demonstrators want the sharia-based draft constitution scrapped.
Egypt's Administrative Court has suspended parliamentary elections scheduled to begin on March 22. The country's election committee is expected to set a new date for the polls.
Tunisia has approved a government led by the secular Nidaa Tounes and including Islamist rivals. The parliament's vote comes after landmark free elections last fall in the birthplace of the Arab revolutions of 2011.
The election of political veteran Essebsi as Tunisia's first ever democratic president is a vital milestone on the way to the establishment of a true Arab democracy, says DW's Loay Mudhoon.
A court in Egypt has given the death penalty to 188 people found guilty of murdering 13 policemen. The accused had attacked a police station in August last year.