Egypt: Set Independent Torture Inquiry

Source: Human Rights Watch Author(s): N/A Original Link: https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/02/14/egypt-set-independent-torture-inquiry The Egyptian authorities’ failure to end or impartially investigate torture and mistreatment in detention facilities reinforces an urgent need for an independent international inquiry, Human Rights Watch said today. As a party to the United Nations...

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Parliament advances constitutional amendments by overwhelming majority, opposition speaks out

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Madamasr Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2019/02/14/feature/politics/parliament-advances-constitutional-amendments-by-overwhelming-majority-opposition-speaks-out/ Egypt’s House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to approve, in principle, a set of constitutional amendments that would allow President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to extend his...

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Egypt: Constitutional Amendments and Devious Routes

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies Author(s): Monitoring and Documentation Unit Original Link: https://en.eipss-eg.org/egypt-constitutional-amendments-and-devious-routes/ In an interview with CNBC in late 2017, Egypt’s Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi categorically denied an intention to amend the Egyptian Constitution. He also emphasized that he is committed to two 4-year presidential...

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Egypt: A Move to Enhance Authoritarian Rule

Source: Human Rights Watch Author(s): N/A Original Link: https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/02/12/egypt-move-enhance-authoritarian-rule Proposed amendments to Egypt’s constitution, including granting the armed forces authority to intervene in government, would undermine judicial independence and expand executive powers that are already being abused, Human Rights Watch said today. The...

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Constitutional amendments in Egypt

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/publications/monday-briefing-irans-economic-challenges-reach-crisis-point Egypt’s political climate has been rather turbulent of late. On Feb. 3rd of this year, a coalition of parliamentary representatives submitted a proposal for constitutional amendments to the floor. Those amendments are sweeping...

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The Middle East Strategic Alliance Has a Long Way To Go

Source: Carnegie Author(s): Yasmine Farouk Original Link: https://carnegieendowment.org/2019/02/08/middle-east-strategic-alliance-has-long-way-to-go-pub-78317 The Arab world needs a collective security architecture. The U.S. project of a Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA) could in theory be a step forward, especially as it links military security to political and economic security. But so...

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‘Union to Defend the Constitution’ brings opposition forces together to reject constitutional amendments

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Madamasr Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2019/02/07/feature/u/union-to-defend-the-constitution-brings-opposition-forces-together-to-reject-constitutional-amendments/ Two days after a host of constitutional amendments were submitted to Egypt’s Parliament earlier this week, a number of political parties and public figures announced the establishment...

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Report – Fighting Corruption or Protecting the Regime? Egypt’s Administrative Control Authority

Source: POMED – Project on Middle East Democracy Author(s): Jessica Noll Original Link: https://pomed.org/report-corruption-egypts-administrative-control-authority/ This report explains the role of the Administrative Control Authority (ACA) as an instrument of power in al-Sisi’s regime, part of a wider system of repression and control. The report discusses how authoritarian rulers use...

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Sources: Cairo offers diplomatic support to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in the wake of continued protests

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Asmahan Soliman Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2019/02/06/feature/politics/sources-cairo-offers-diplomatic-support-to-sudanese-president-omar-al-bashir-in-the-wake-of-continued-protests/ In the wake of continued protests across its southern border, Egypt has opted to prioritize Sudan’s stability, and, “in the Egyptian lexicon, stability means...

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TIMEP Brief: Potential Changes to Egypt’s Presidential Term Limits

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Original Link: https://timep.org/reports-briefings/timep-briefs/timep-brief-potential-changes-to-egypts-presidential-term-limits/ Summary: Egypt’s 2014 constitution establishes that the president is elected for a period of four years, renewable only once. Despite constitutional provisions...

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Constitutional amendments submitted to Parliament could allow Sisi to stay in power until 2034

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Madamasr Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2019/02/03/feature/politics/constitutional-amendments-submitted-to-parliament-could-allow-sisi-to-stay-in-power-until-2034/ A proposal to amend a host of constitutional articles — including presidential term limits — has been submitted to Parliament, Ali Abdel Aal, the legislature’s speaker, announced on Sunday during...

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Egypt: Trends of Change in the Military

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies Author(s): Mahmoud Gamal Original Link: https://en.eipss-eg.org/egypt-trends-of-change-in-the-military/ There have always been attempts within the Egyptian army for conducting change from within at times when some believe the institution deviated from its military doctrine due to policies adopted by head of the State. While some of these attempts were...

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