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New Political Struggles for Egypt’s Military

Much of the focus on the Egyptian constitutional amendments ratified on April 20-22 has been on those allowing President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to stay in power for an additional eight years and gain full control over the judicial branch. However, little attention has been paid to the amendments affecting the …

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Army to assist in development of Egypt’s railway: Al-Sisi

President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi vowed to hold those responsible for the deadly Cairo Railway Station accident, which killed 22 people and injured 40 others, adding that the armed forces as well as other state institutions will cooperate in order to develop the railway system in Egypt.

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The Armed Forces and the Constitution: Amendments grant the military unchecked powers

Among the proposed amendments to Egypt’s Constitution currently making their way through Parliament is an unprecedented change to the defined role of the Armed Forces in the country. In all nine constitutions* since Egypt’s first in 1882, the military’s role was limited to a single task: protecting the country and …

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Generalissimo Sisi

On February 3, Egyptian parliamentarians from Tahya Misr (“Support Egypt”), a coalition supporting President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi that comprises one-fifth of parliament, submitted a proposal to amend the Egyptian constitution. Two days later, the General Committee accepted the proposed amendments, a preliminary step that opens the way for a parliamentary …

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General Mobilization

A divided government with ballooning defense budgets pursuing a nationalist agenda. A president responding to growing public distrust by wrapping himself in the military’s popular legitimacy. The militarization of the upper echelons of decisionmaking. This describes Egypt under President ‘Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi.

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Military court accepts to review appeal for 2 civilians sentenced to death

On Tuesday, a Cairo military appellate court accepted to review appeals submitted by two men to overturn death sentences issued against them in 2016, in the latest development of an ongoing case that has sparked controversy in Egypt and overseas. A hearing to review the appeals has been scheduled for …

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