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The 2020 House elections: Opposition parties divided over participation

The two-stage voting process for the House of Representatives that divides the country into two 14-governorate blocs in which eligible voters inside and out of Egypt to elect their local MPs, began on Tuesday, October 21. The 568-seat chamber is convened through a mixed closed-slate and independent electoral system.

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The cost of playing monopoly: How the Nation’s Future Party has caused rifts among parties in House elections

As the Nation’s Future Party put the finishing touches on its choice for who will stand in House of Representatives elections slated for late October, many were unhappy with that crude process that ensured the state-backed party takes the most seats in the new legislative body.

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Egypt: The politics of reforming al-Azhar

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and his cultural allies among the secular elite, including Gaber Asfour, the former culture minister, are convinced that the key to Egypt’s progress lies in religious reform. Indeed, fighting religious extremism was the central justification for the 2013 coup and the bloody events and mass …

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