Egypt

Egypt’s election is coming soon. The real battle begins afterward.

As Egypt approaches its presidential election this month, its allies and critics have largely reconciledthemselves to the inevitable reelection of President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi. The regime has aggressively culled the field of potential competitors through intimidation, harassment, prosecution and detention. The real struggle for Egypt’s fate will come after the election, when the regime will seek to amend the constitution to extend presidential terms and abolish term limits. ...

Egypt detains two journalists reporting on historic tramway

CAIRO — Egyptian prosecutors have ordered the detention of two journalists for 15 days pending an investigation after their arrest while preparing a report on the historic Alexandria tramway. Defense attorney Mohammed Hafez said Friday’s decision regarding free-lance journalists May al-Sabbagh and Ahmed Moustafa came after their arrest Wednesday. He said the two were working on a report for the ...

Archaeologists uncover ancient Egyptian necropolis in ‘beginning of new discovery’

Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry has announced the discovery of an ancient necropolis near the Nile Valley city of Minya, south of Cairo. The finding is the latest discovery in an area known to house ancient catacombs from the Pharaonic Late Period and the Ptolemaic dynasty. The large cemetery is located north of Tuna al-Gabal area, a vast archaeological site on the ...

Egypt freezes assets of government critic Abul Fotouh

Egypt has frozen the assets of leading government critic Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh, arrested earlier this month over alleged links to exiled members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, the prosecution said Sunday. His February 14 arrest came after he joined a call for a boycott of a presidential election next month that the incumbent, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, is expected to ...

‘Screaming Mummy’ displayed in Egypt museum

Cairo (AFP) – The Egyptian Museum in Cairo has put on display the “Screaming Mummy” of the son of a pharaoh who may have been hanged for plotting his father’s murder. Dubbed “the unknown man E”, the mummy which is not usually exhibited appears to be of a man who died an agonising death. Egypt’s antiquities ministry has said DNA ...

Egypt understands Ethiopia’s reasons behind calling off Dam’s ministerial meeting: FM

CAIRO – 18 February 2018: The Foreign Ministry is aware of the circumstances behind Ethiopia’s request to delay the ministerial meeting on Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam, the spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid said in a statement on Sunday. The statement added that the ministry received a written notification on Sudan’s decision to postpone the meeting upon Ethiopia’s request. The spokesman hoped that ...

Egypt wants more market stability before Eurobond issue – minister

Egypt is considering plans for a Eurobond issue but wants to see more stability in global financial markets before it goes ahead, Egyptian finance minister Amr El-Garhy said on Saturday. “We want to find the right time and we hope to do this in the next few days,” Garhy told Reuters on the sidelines of a financial conference in Dubai, ...

Egypt launches massive security operation against Islamic State militants

Egypt has begun a massive security operation involving land, sea and air forces in areas including the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, the epicentre of an Islamic insurgency spearheaded by a local affiliate of the Islamic State group. The operation, announced in a televised statement by army spokesman Colonel Tamer el-Rifaai, began early on Friday and covers central Sinai and areas ...

Back off Cyprus gas or face confrontation, Egypt warns Turkey

Turkey will face a confrontation with Egypt if it does not respect Cairo’s rights for gas exploration won in a deal with Greek Cyprus, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid warned on Tuesday. The maritime border demarcation deal in question was signed in 2013 between Egypt and Cyprus, and gives Cairo access to an area of the East ...

Egypt’s President Moves To Curb Opposition As Election Nears

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el Sisi has moved toward assuring victory in the upcoming March election with most of his potential opponents bowing out or facing arrest. The election has called into question the reforms sparked by protests during the Arab Spring in Tahrir Square seven years ago. Jane Arraf, NPR correspondent based in Cairo tells WBUR’s Here & Now that the current political climate ...

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