The new administrative capital: Outside the state budget or outside public accountability?

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Beesan Kassab Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2019/05/25/feature/economy/the-new-administrative-capital-outside-the-state-budget-or-outside-public-accountability/ The government project to build a new administrative capital in the desert east of Cairo is well underway, with plans to construct ministries, residential neighborhoods, artificial lakes, conference...

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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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Judge overseeing polling station recounts troubling incidents in constitutional referendum

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Madamasr Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2019/05/01/feature/politics/judge-overseeing-polling-station-recounts-troubling-incidents-in-constitutional-referendum/ In its final statement on the 2019 constitutional referendum, the National Elections Authority (NEA) announced on April 23 that voters had approved the proposed amendments by 88.8 percent, with a 44.3...

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Voting in the dark: Ramming the constitutional amendments through

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Rana Mamdouh Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2019/04/24/feature/politics/voting-in-the-dark-ramming-the-constitutional-amendments-through/ The National Elections Authority (NEA) announced on Tuesday that the referendum on a set of major constitutional amendments, which allow President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to remain in office until 2030, passed by 88.8 percent...

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Ballot-box politics: What has pushed Egypt’s opposition to vote ‘no’?

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Hadeer El-Mahdawy Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2019/04/22/feature/politics/ballot-box-politics-what-has-pushed-egypts-opposition-to-vote-no/ Thirty-three-year-old human rights lawyer Mahienour El-Massry could not make up her mind about what to do in the referendum on the new constitutional amendments. She was torn between boycotting and voting “no.” Then...

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How Al-Azhar’s grand imam survived the constitutional amendments

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Asmahan Soliman Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2019/04/11/feature/politics/how-the-grand-imam-of-al-azhar-survived-the-constitutional-amendments/ As part of the raft of controversial amendments to Egypt’s Constitution slated to be put to a public referendum later this month, a proposed article would have featured a less independent Al-Azhar — Egypt’s highest...

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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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