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HRW: Egypt uses Covid-19 as cover for new repressive powers

The Egyptian Parliament on April 22, 2020 swiftly approved government-proposed amendments to the 1958 Emergency Law which will give additional sweeping powers to President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi and security agencies, Human Rights Watch said today. President al-Sisi should return the amendments unsigned to Parliament, which should revise the many abusive …

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Sisi is using Covid-19 to increase his power, so pity the poor Egyptians

The coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic is still with us, despite the efforts of governments and political leaders around the world, who have placed their countries in lockdown and suspended parliamentary sittings, normal economic activities and most domestic and international travel. Technology is being used to convene essential meetings to deal with …

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Egyptian lawmaker calls for free COVID-19 tests as Cairo accused of profiteering

Egyptian lawmaker Samir Ghattas, an independent, called on President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to facilitate free coronavirus testing during a March 16​ parliamentary session, a few days after activists accused the government of taking advantage of the crisis.

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