Egypt’s Elections on Pause

Source: The Tahrir Institute For Middle East Policy Author(s): Nathan J. Brown, May El-Sadany Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/egypts-elections-on-pause/ With so many provisions littering Egypt’s legal landscape (many of which contain broad language and allow various bodies wide discretion), Egypt manages to combine a legalistic order with an uncertain one.  Senior officials...

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Sisi’s Parliamentary Fears

Source: Carnegie Endowment Author(s): Mohamed El-Shewy Original Link: http://carnegieendowment.org/sada/59276 On March 1, Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court ruled that Article 3 of the electoral law was unconstitutional. Two days later, the Administrative Court suspended the elections pending a change in the electoral law. This suspension plays into President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s hands, as...

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Under Threat: Egypt’s Systematic Campaign against NGOs

Source: Pomed – Project On Middle East Democracy Author(s): Todd Ruffner Original Link: http://pomed.org/pomed-publications/under-threat-egypts-ngo-community/ Summary: Egypt’s January 2011 Revolution brought with it a hope that the nation’s civil society would be able to work free of oppression, intimidation, and harassment for the first time in its history. A democratic transition would...

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Policing Football in Times of Exception

Source: The Tahrir Institute For Middle East Policy Author(s): Karim Medhat Ennarah Original Link: https://timep.org/special-reports/policing-football-in-times-of-exception/ On February 8, 2015, at least 19 fans died while waiting to enter the Air Defense Stadium for the match between Zamalek and ENPPI – it was the first Egyptian league game to allow spectators, albeit a small number, after...

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Sisi’s Military Maintains Power in a Fragmented Egypt

Source: International Peace Institute Author(s): Andre Colling Original Link: https://theglobalobservatory.org/2015/02/sisi-Military-power-egypt/ Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has a clear political philosophy. He wants to strengthen the state and eliminate its opponents. For many Egyptians, this openly nationalistic rhetoric is welcome. Political contestation and associated civil...

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Egypt and the falling standards of accountability

Source: Brookings Institute Author(s): H. A. Hellyer Original Link: https://www.brookings.edu/blog/markaz/2015/02/09/egypt-and-the-falling-standards-of-accountability/ February 1, 2012. At least 72 football fans killed, more than 500 injured.  A stadium in Port Said, Egypt. Three years, one week later: February 8, 2015. At least 30 football fans killed, more than 70 injured.  June 30 Stadium...

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Triumph of the Bureaucracy: A Decade of Aborted Social and Political Change in Egypt

Source: Carnegie Endowment Author(s): Amr Adly Original Link: http://carnegie-mec.org/2015/01/31/triumph-of-bureaucracy-decade-of-aborted-social-and-political-change-in-egypt-pub-58924 The developing military-backed regime under Abdel Fattah al-Sisi signals the triumph of the Egyptian bureaucracy, with all of its military, security and civilian components, over three processes of political...

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Egypt’s Upcoming Parliamentary Elections: Weakened Parliament, Weakened Parties

Source: German Institute For Security and Counter-Terrorism And International Affairs Author(s): Nadine Sika Original Link: https://www.swp-berlin.org/en/publication/egypt-parliamentary-elections/ Snapshot: According to the roadmap for political transformation announced in July 2013, Egypt’s parliamentary elections should have taken place six months after the constitutional amendments. Yet...

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The Egyptian Parliamentary Elections 101

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Ahmed Morsy Original Link: http://www.mei.edu/content/article/egyptian-parliamentary-elections-101 Long-awaited elections for Egypt’s parliament, which has been dissolved since 2012 as the result of a court order, have been scheduled in a two-phase process beginning this March. What will the process involve? Why are these elections important? Ahmed...

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Power, the January 25 revolutionaries, and responsibility

Source: Madamasr Author(s): H. A. Hellyer Original Link: https://www.madamasr.com/en/2015/01/24/opinion/u/power-the-january-25-revolutionaries-and-responsibility/ Tahrir. 2011. January 25. Egypt. Revolution. Four years ago, a fledgling movement of revolutionary activists accomplished in a few days more than the Egyptian opposition had in years. Yet, for those revolutionaries, the “revolution”...

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Egypt’s Long Walk to Despotism

Source: The Tahrir Institute For Middle East Policy Author(s): Amro Ali Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/egypt-despotism/ There is a menacing wind sweeping through Egypt engulfing bureaucrats, journalists, judges, celebrities, and the average “patriotic citizen” in its path, remolding them into carriers of despotic ideas. This system is not a clear-cut case of top-down power...

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Is Sisi Islam’s Martin Luther?

Source: Carnegie Endowment Author(s): Michele Dunne, Katie Bentivoglio Original Link: http://carnegie-mec.org/diwan/57738 U.S. commentators have hailed Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s January 2 call for a “religious revolution” in Islam as potentially Nobel Peace Prize-worthy, asking whether Sisi might be “Islam’s Martin Luther” and noting that he made the remarks at al-Azhar, “the...

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