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Presidency denies rumors of assassination plot on Sisi in Mauritania

Egypt’s presidential office denied rumors on Monday that President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is not attending the Arab League summit in Mauritania this week due to a suspected assassination plot. Anonymous sources told Al-Masry Al-Youm the Egyptian intelligence had gained information about a planned attack on the president during his visit …

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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 …

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Is Egypt’s state of emergency in Sinai unconstitutional?

Critics are blasting Egypt’s latest extension of a state of emergency in the north Sinai Peninsula, saying it violates the constitution and parliament’s powers. The original three-month order was issued in October 2014 and has been extended many times, amid much indignation and repudiation by Sinai residents, whose businesses are …

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EIPR: Egypt uses extended pretrial detention in place of emergency law

The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) issued a new report on Tuesday, asserting that the state has used extended pretrial detention as a tool for political punishment after administrative detention under Egypt’s emergency law was made unconstitutional in 2013.

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Members of parliament call for review and referendum on islands agreement

Several members of parliament have expressed disapproval over the transfer of islands “Tiran” and “Sanafeer” to Saudi Arabia, citing article 151 of the Egyptian constitution, which dictates that all agreements need to be reviewed by parliament; especially agreements concerning the drawing of national borders. The constitution also dictates that where …

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