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Egypt’s Judiciary, Coopted

When Egyptian courts sentenced over 1,000 defendants to death in the spring of 2014,  and when former President Hosni Mubarak was months earlier acquittedof human rights violations despite decades of documented torture, serious questions about the independence of the judiciary arose. Of all institutions, Egypt’s judiciary was believed to be the least likely to …

Egypt’s New Law for Parliamentary Elections Sets Up a Weak Legislature

In an uncharacteristically immodest burst of activity, Egypt’s humble and stolid acting president, Adly Mansour, issued a series of last-minute decree-laws before handing authority over to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Some dealt with harassment, preaching, and littering. He still showed caution and restraint in some significant areas—for instance, a set of legislative …