Why Sisi’s Amendments Avoided Health Policy

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies Author(s): Mostafa Gawish Original Link: https://en.eipss-eg.org/why-sisis-amendments-avoided-health-policy/ Egypt and Iraq ranked amongst the 20 worst performing countries in the field of health according to the new World Classification of 2019. The Indigo Wellness Index – which collects data for this classification – is one of the most comprehensive...

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TIMEP Brief: VAT Law

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): TIMEP Original Link: https://timep.org/reports-briefings/timep-brief-vat-law/ The VAT Law replaced the existing 10 percent sales tax with a new VAT. The rate was initially set at 13 percent, and increased to 14 percent in July 2017, the start of the fiscal year following the law’s ratification. Although the VAT Law

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New Political Struggles for Egypt’s Military

Source: Carnegie Author(s): Bahey Eldin Hassan Original Link: https://carnegieendowment.org/sada/79096 Much of the focus on the Egyptian constitutional amendments ratified on April 20-22 has been on those allowing President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to stay in power for an additional eight years and gain full control over the judicial branch. However, little attention has been paid to

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FREEDOMS UNDER THREAT: THE SPREAD OF ANTI-NGO MEASURES IN AFRICA

Source: Freedom House Author(s): Freedom House Original Link: https://freedomhouse.org/report/special-reports/freedoms-under-threat-anti-ngo-measures-africa Over the last 15 years, 11 African countries have adopted legislation or policies that improperly constrained nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).1 Seven countries—Egypt, Tunisia, Rwanda, Zambia,2 Malawi, Mozambique, 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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TIMEP Brief: Egypt’s 2019 Constitutional Referendum

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): TIMEP Original Link: https://timep.org/reports-briefings/egypts-2019-constitutional-referendum/ Following parliamentary approval of a broad package of constitutional amendments that expand the authority of the executive branch and military at the expense of the independence of the judicial and legislative branches, Egyptians voted...

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Egypt’s New Constitutional Amendments: Moving Toward Totalitarianism

Source: Arab Center Washington DC Author(s): Charles Dunne Original Link: http://arabcenterdc.org/policy_analyses/egypts-new-constitutional-amendments-moving-toward-totalitarianism/ The votes are in, the results have been tallied, and the outcome—never in doubt—is clear: government-proposed changes to Egypt’s 2014 constitution, rushed through parliament to ensure possibly the virtual rule for...

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Egypt: Protecting Healthcare Workers in Workplace

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies Author(s): Mohamed Elsherif Original Link: https://en.eipss-eg.org/egypt-protecting-healthcare-workers-in-workplace/ Violence against healthcare workers is a worldwide problem that is affecting most countries including Egypt (McPhaul & Lipscomb, 2004). During the last decade, the problem became more obvious as part of the general deterioration of...

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Egypt passes wide-ranging constitutional amendments

Source: Middle East Insitiute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/publications/monday-briefing-conflict-far-over-syria There was never really any doubt that Egypt’s new constitutional amendments would pass. On April 23rd, Egypt’s National Elections Authority (NEA) announced that the referendum on a set of major constitutional amendments had passed by 88.8 percent...

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Egypt’s Invisible Executions

Source: Carnegie Author(s): Maged Mandour Original Link: https://carnegieendowment.org/sada/78998 On the February 20, Egyptian authorities carried out the executions of nine defendants accused of assassinating Egyptian General Prosecutor Hisham Barakat, prompting international accusations that their trials were unfair and that torture was used to extract confessions. The Egyptian government...

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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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Authoritarian Math

Source: Carnegie Author(s): Michele Dunne and Cassia Bardos Original Link: https://carnegie-mec.org/diwan/78980 Egypt has just passed constitutional amendments in a hastily-arranged referendum that ended on April 22. They are important mostly because they will advance President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi’s project of one-man rule, extend his current term in office, enshrine military dominance over...

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