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Will new union chief give Egypt more control over press?

Egypt’s media is often in the news itself as it has faced one government crackdown after another over the years. The idea of a free press in Egypt is often seen as a paradox. The recently elected president of the Egyptian Journalists’ Union, who is affiliated with the regime, now faces the thorny task …

67 corruption cases in February among uncertain legislative reform: PFORT

A count of 67 corruption incidents in state institutions in February was announced in a report issued Thursday by Partners for Transparency (PFORT), also highlighting that the future of anti-corruption legislation remains uncertain in the parliament.

Egyptian government ‘increases human rights violations’ under Trump

In its latest clampdown on civil society, the Egyptian regime has launched a new crackdown on civil organisations by prosecuting human rights organisations under the guise of fraud and money laundering.

Workers arrested as police disperse fertilizer company protests, Tanta Flax workers call off sit-in

Police arrested a number of workers as they forcefully dispersed two sit-ins at fertilizer companies in Suez governorate on Monday, while in Cairo, a third sit-in by workers at Tanta Flax and Oils Company was called off.

Update: Egypt’s Parliament passes new NGO law

Egypt’s Parliament hastily approved a new NGO law on Tuesday, just a day after the State Council concluded it has no indications of unconstitutionality.

Corruption rife in Egyptian ministries of state

An Egyptian NGO has recorded at least 1,102 examples of corruption in the country’s ministries of state between July 2015 and June this year. According to Partners for Transparency (PFT), the Ministry of Supply, with 215 examples, and the Ministry of Local Authorities, with 127, alone accounted for around a …

What makes Egypt’s budget so controversial?

Budgets rarely please everyone, but opponents are challenging Egypt’s recently passed spending plan. The Egyptian parliament approved the country’s 2016-17 general budget June 29 despite accusations that the legislation violates the constitution and contains figures that are not feasible.

President El Sisi Presides Over National Defense Council Meeting

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi presided Sunday over a meeting of the National Defense Council (NDC). The meeting was attended by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Prime Minister, the Ministers of Defense, Foreign Affairs, Interior and Finance, as well as the Chief of Staff of the Armed …