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The puzzling dismissal of Egypt’s top military commander

The reasons behind President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s unexpected decision to dismiss his Armed Forces’ Chief of Staff Mahmoud Hegazy on October 28 remain unclear, but available information hints at recent tensions between two men who have a history of personal rapport.

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Lieutenant General Hegazy II: Egypt’s new chief-of-staff

Mohamed Farid Hegazy was installed as the Armed Forces chief-of-staff on Saturday night, replacing the military’s former top official Mahmoud Hegazy, who will now take up a role as a presidential advisor on strategic planning and crisis management, according to a statement issued by the Armed Forces spokesperson.

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Sisi’s Egypt and the politics of fear

A few weeks ago, at 1am in a Cairo side-street cafe, I was struck by how empty the previously popular cafe was. But a friend explained to me that in the last few years, the government had sought to empty such cafes through continued raids.

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Report reveals officers may have fabricated allegations to justify Abu Zaabal deaths

Conflicting testimonies of police personnel involved in the death of 37 prisoners trapped in a police van in August 2013 indicate that allegations that a police officer was kidnapped by inmates may have been fabricated by officers in charge to justify their deaths.

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Feeding Social Stability in Egypt

This Ramadan, the Egyptian army is charitably distributing millions of food boxes in poor urban and rural areas across the country. Conscripted soldiers from various military branches pack food items including sugar, rice, beans, pasta, cooking oil, tomato paste, and tea in boxes that each carries the label of the …

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The Battle Over Al-Azhar

Over the past month, debate in Egypt has centered around a legislative initiative designed to reorganize the way the country’s religious establishment is governed.

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Governing Egypt: Cohesion and Consolidation

A little over a year ago, it was still possible to speak of the ‘regimen’ of Egyptian president Sisi’s ‘non-regime.’ Power was dispersed, disparate, and given to erratic bursts of energy, that had far more to do with localised and internal disputes, than to an overarching directive from a cohesive …

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Egypt’s al-Azhar sacks head of university amid power games with Sisi

The head of Egypt’s al-Azhar university, one of the world’s leading Islamic seats of learning, has been replaced after labelling a controversial Muslim reformer an apostate, the institution said.

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Egypt Back Under Emergency Law

On April 9, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi signed a decree imposing a three-month state of emergency for the entire country. This move came the same day bombings at the St. George’s Church in Tanta and the St. Mark’s Church in Alexandria claimed around 45 lives and injured 125 others. …

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