Report: Egypt 3rd largest arms importer worldwide

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Madamasr Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2019/03/13/news/u/report-egypt-3rd-largest-arms-importer-worldwide/ Between 2014 and 2018, Egypt maintained its ranking as the third largest importer of arms globally, after Saudi Arabia and India, according to a report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute released two days ago. Egypt ranked third in...

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Judicial officials: Constitutional amendments final battleground in struggle for judicial independence

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Madamasr Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2019/02/21/feature/politics/judicial-officials-constitutional-amendments-final-battleground-in-struggle-for-judicial-independence/ In a meeting with Middle Eastern and North African general prosecutors in Cairo on Wednesday, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi once again stressed the importance of judicial...

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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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‘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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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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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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Verdict for Warraq residents’ lawsuit against the government set for March 26

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Madamasr Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2019/01/26/news/u/verdict-for-warraq-residents-lawsuit-against-the-government-set-for-march-26/ The date of March 23 has seen set for the ruling in a lawsuit filed by Warraqresidents against a government decision to develop a new urban community on the disputed Cairo island. The date, set by the State...

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While human rights linger on US radar, Pompeo Cairo visit focuses on regional cooperation

Source: Madamasr Author(s): N/A Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2019/01/11/feature/politics/while-human-rights-linger-on-us-radar-pompeo-cairo-visit-focuses-on-regional-cooperation/ US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in Cairo on Thursday ahead of his address on the role of the US in the Middle East...

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Sources: Presidency gives Egyptian media orders not to cover CBS interview with Sisi

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Madamasr Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2019/01/06/feature/politics/sources-presidency-gives-egyptian-media-explicit-orders-to-refrain-from-covering-cbs-interview-with-sisi/ Two separate media sources within the intelligence-controlled Egyptian Media Group (EMG) say that they have received explicit orders from the presidency’s media office to refrain from...

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‘So much damage has been done’: Court acquits 43 defendants of all charges in NGO foreign funding case

Source: Madamasr Author(s): N/A Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2018/12/20/feature/politics/so-much-damage-has-been-done-court-acquits-43-defendants-of-all-charges-in-ngo-foreign-funding-case/ A Cairo court acquitted on Thursday 43 defendants tried as part of the NGO foreign funding case, overturning a June 2013 sentence convicting them of operating unlicensed NGOs and receiving foreign...

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New Egyptian proposal for Fatah-Hamas reconciliation that could send Palestinians to polls awaits Abbas approval

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Ahmad Shehada and Thaier Oun Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2018/11/28/feature/politics/new-egyptian-proposal-for-fatah-hamas-reconciliation-that-could-send-palestinians-to-polls-awaits-abbas-approv Egyptian mediation brought tensions between Hamas and Israel down to a suspicious simmer after Gaza was nearly plunged into war at the beginning of November...

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Cairo, Khartoum discuss end to proxy fighting in Libya in bilateral meeting

Source: Madamasr Author(s): N/A Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2018/11/25/feature/politics/cairo-khartoum-discuss-end-to-proxy-fighting-in-libya-in-bilateral-meeting/ Egypt’s defense minister concluded a meeting on security cooperation with his Sudanese counterpart in Khartoum on Sunday, with sources close to the talks saying that Libya was slated to be the primary focus of the...

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