Development of the military situation in Sinai – April

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies Author(s): Haitham Ghoniem Original Link: https://en.eipss-eg.org/development-of-the-military-situation-in-sinai-april/ During April 2019, the curfew imposed on North Sinai was maintained, and the staff of the Education Administration and the North Sinai Education Directorate were forced to participate in the referendum on constitutional amendments. At...

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Egypt: Politics intrudes on daily life in an unexpected way

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/publications/monday-briefing-iraq-back-eye-storm Last month’s referendum on constitutional amendments in Egypt passed with a huge majority (almost 90%) and little fanfare. Despite the far-reaching ramifications of the amendments and their direct implications for the country’s democratic development...

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Militarization of Egyptian Ministry of Health

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies Author(s): Amgad Hamdi Original Link: https://en.eipss-eg.org/militarization-of-egyptian-ministry-of-health/ It is no longer a secret that the military dominates civilian life and the society as a whole in Egypt. The present cabinet with all its civil ministries is no longer the only civilian front for the military rule. In fact, the military has

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Egypt and the Arab NATO: An Israeli Vision

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies Author(s): Mohamed Abu Saada Original Link: https://en.eipss-eg.org/egypt-and-the-arab-nato-an-israeli-vision/ Egypt has reportedly decided to pull out of the U.S. effort to forge an “Arab NATO” with key Arab allies, known as Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA) – intended to work against Iran. The Hebrew press has been very interested in the Egyptian...

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Is the government building a parallel bureaucracy?

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Mohamed Hamama and Osama El Sharnoubi Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2019/05/16/feature/economy/is-the-government-building-a-parallel-bureaucracy/ In March, the Egyptian government issued an official framework for a planned sovereign wealth fund that is fully owned by the state and will operate as an independent body — legally, administratively and...

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The IMF and the Egyptian Debt Risks

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies Author(s): Mohamed Ahmed Abbas Original Link: https://en.eipss-eg.org/the-imf-and-the-egyptian-debt-risks/ On 6 April 2019, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) issued its fourth review of the Egyptian economy under the extended arrangement regarding Egypt’s $12 billion loan agreement with the Fund. The IMF stated some expectations for the performance of...

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The UAE’s War on the Muslim Brotherhood

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies Author(s): Muhammad Abdalsattar Original Link: https://en.eipss-eg.org/the-uaes-war-on-the-muslim-brotherhood/ In November 2014, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) declared the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) – including its local affiliate- as a terrorist group (El-Gamal, 2014). The relationship between the UAE and MB (or its Emirati branch: al-Islah) dates...

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Egypt and Development of the Military Situation in Libya

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies Author(s): Mahmoud Gamal Original Link: https://en.eipss-eg.org/egypt-and-development-of-the-military-situation-in-libya/ After the militias of Khalifa Haftar, the leader of the self-styled “Libyan National Army”, had fully controlled the territory of the eastern region, Haftar declared on 4 April 2019 the launch of the “Operation Flood of Dignity”...

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Why Sisi’s Amendments Avoided Health Policy

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies Author(s): Mostafa Gawish Original Link: https://en.eipss-eg.org/why-sisis-amendments-avoided-health-policy/ Egypt and Iraq ranked amongst the 20 worst performing countries in the field of health according to the new World Classification of 2019. The Indigo Wellness Index – which collects data for this classification – is one of the most comprehensive...

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TIMEP Brief: VAT Law

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): TIMEP Original Link: https://timep.org/reports-briefings/timep-brief-vat-law/ The VAT Law replaced the existing 10 percent sales tax with a new VAT. The rate was initially set at 13 percent, and increased to 14 percent in July 2017, the start of the fiscal year following the law’s ratification. Although the VAT Law

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