New NGO law criticized as mere cosmetic change

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Rana Mamdouh Original Link:  https://madamasr.com/en/2019/07/17/feature/politics/new-ngo-law-criticized-as-mere-cosmetic-change/ Parliament overwhelmingly approved on Monday a new law governing the operations of non-governmental organizations to replace a 2017 law currently in place. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi first called for the 2017 law to be amended in...

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Some people prefer working in the shadows

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Osman El Sharnoubi Original Link:  https://madamasr.com/en/2019/07/12/feature/economy/some-people-prefer-working-in-the-shadows/ Egypt’s vast informal economy has drawn the focus of government officials in recent years. Authorities have been looking to merge the informal economy with the formal economy as quickly as possible in order to boost official economic...

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MP: New fuel pricing mechanism ‘rushed’ through to appease IMF on subsidy cuts

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Beesan Kassab Original Link:  https://madamasr.com/en/2019/07/09/feature/economy/mp-new-fuel-pricing-mechanism-rushed-through-to-appease-imf-on-subsidy-cuts/ The government raised fuel prices on Friday, the latest in a round of subsidy cuts tied to an economic program backed by the International Monetary Fund. This is the fifth hike in fuel prices since the process...

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New judicial heads first in series of appointments under new law granting Sisi power to select judicial leadership

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Madamasr Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2019/07/07/feature/politics/new-judicial-heads-first-in-series-of-appointments-under-new-law-granting-sisi-power-to-select-judicial-leadership/ The heads of two top judicial bodies were sworn in by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday, the first in a series of anticipated appointments following the constitutional...

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‘Hospitals are for the dying’: Medical negligence inside Egyptian prisons

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Hadeer El-Mahdawy Original Link:  https://madamasr.com/en/2019/06/30/feature/politics/hospitals-are-for-the-dying-medical-negligence-inside-egyptian-prisons/ Inside his prison cell, Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh’s health has severely deteriorated. This past weekend, the 68-year-old former presidential candidate suffered two heart attacks in less than 24...

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Arrests target political figures involved in new coalition to run in 2020 parliamentary elections

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Madamasr   Original Link:  https://madamasr.com/en/2019/06/25/feature/politics/arrests-target-political-figures-involved-in-new-coalition-to-run-in-2020-parliamentary-elections/ Several political figures involved in discussions to form a new political alliance meant to stand in 2020 parliamentary elections were arrested beginning at dawn on Tuesday. At least eight...

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Parliament approves laws allowing Sisi to select judicial heads, stalemate continues over Council of Judicial Bodies

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Rana Mamdouh Original Link:  https://madamasr.com/en/2019/06/24/feature/politics/parliament-approves-laws-allowing-sisi-to-select-judicial-heads-stalemate-continues-over-council-of-judicial-bodies/ On June 6, Parliament approved two laws that regulate how the heads of Egypt’s top judicial bodies are selected, granting the president greater powers over the...

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Former president Mohamed Morsi dies in court session, rights groups point to lack of proper medical care in detention

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Mostafa Mohie and Rana Mamdouh Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2019/06/18/feature/politics/former-president-mohamed-morsi-dies-in-court-session-rights-groups-point-to-lack-of-proper-medical-care-in-detention/ Former President Mohamed Morsi collapsed and died on Monday while attending a court hearing in a retrial of a case in which he stood accused of...

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42 words on page 3: How Morsi died in Egyptian newspapers

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Madamasr Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2019/06/18/feature/politics/42-words-on-page-3-how-morsi-died-in-egyptian-newspapers/ If Egypt’s daily newspapers are your only source of news, you might have woken up to discover that a citizen by the name of Mohamed Morsi al-Ayat died yesterday during a court hearing on espionage charges.   In actuality, the...

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The government wants to reduce its debt. Will its new strategy work?

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Osman El Sharnoubi Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2019/06/17/feature/economy/the-government-wants-to-reduce-its-debt-will-its-new-strategy-work/ On May 5th, the Ministry of Finance released the government’s long-awaited debt management strategy. The government plan, which had originally been scheduled for release in March, comes at a crucial period in...

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Militants scouted Batal 14 checkpoint ahead of attack | Death toll in Jourra reaches 5 | Union of Sinai Tribe announces killing Province of Sinai leader | Arish: Longer gas station hours

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Madamasr Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2019/06/10/feature/politics/militants-scouted-batal-14-checkpoint-ahead-of-attack-death-toll-in-jourra-reaches-5-union-of-sinai-tribe-announces-killing-province-of-sinai-leader-arish-longer-gas-station-hours/ The attack on the Batal 14 checkpoint in the Arish village of al-Seel, which left at least 10 police personnel...

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Ethiopian bid for mediation, African Union suspension trouble Egypt’s play for role in Sudan’s transition

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Madamasr Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2019/06/07/feature/politics/ethiopian-bid-for-mediation-african-union-suspension-trouble-egypts-play-for-role-in-sudans-transition/ Officials in Cairo watching the violent dispersal of the Sudanese revolutionaries’ sit-in led by the Rapid Support Forces unfold since Monday were left “worried,” says one Egyptian...

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