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Ayman Nour reviews developments of initiative of national dialogue to save Egypt

The leader of the Ghad Al-Thawra (Tomorrow’s Revolution) and former Egyptian presidential candidate, Ayman Nour, announced a second consultative meeting on a national dialogue to save Egypt. This follows his previous initiative which he launched on 24 April through Arabi21’s platform, in the presence of Egyptian political figures and oppositionists …

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Alone at the Top in Egypt

Official Egyptian responses to civil conflict and political transitions among countries since early 2019 have shown an instinctive preference to help a military strongman to power in Libya and preserve the overriding say of the armed forces in the governing arrangements of Sudan and Algeria.

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Sisi Has New Plans on the Future of PM Madbouly

The main decision-making circles of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's regime have begun new deliberations on the future of Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouly. The potential reshuffle comes as Egypt's parliament is in the last week of its fourth legislative term that started in October 2018. It's fifth and last term is expected to start this coming October. The General Intelligence Service (GIS), headed by General Abbas Kamel, would like there to be a broad ministerial reshuffle, sources told The New Arab, including a change in prime minister - citing a number of his failures. "He is hardworking and has constructive ideas," the source said, "but he is incapable of seeing them through," claiming that meetings are often plagued by clashes between ministers. It is unclear who would replace Madbouly. Sources told The New Arab that some lawmakers have put forward the Minister of Planning, Hala al-Saeed. As the first woman to potentially head Egypt's government, she is seen a key way to improve the image of Egypt abroad. Saeed in her role as Minister of Planning is also responsible for Egypt's negotiations with the International Monetary Fund, as well as other donors and lender, putting her in a key position. Egypt's government is introducing a range of other cuts on public spending as part of $12 billion bail-out loan from the IMF that Cairo secured in 2016. Others inside Sisi's close circle are looking to other successful minister, such as the Minister of Electricity Mohammed Shaker. Minister of Petroleum Tariq al-Muslla and Minister of Communications Amr Talat, have also been mentioned in light of the growing interest in cybersecurity. Meanwhile, Egypt's parliament on Monday approved amendments to a controversial law that rights groups say imposes strict curbs on non-governmental organisations. Sisi has faced international condemnation for a crackdown on civil society groups since he took power in 2014, a year after the military toppled president Mohamed Morsi. In May, information about a cabinet reshuffle was widely circulated in government circles, resulting in a semi-paralysis of some ministers. Egypt's last cabinet reshuffle took place in June 2018 and included the appointment of Medbouli as Prime Minister.

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Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood: a change toward democracy?

For the first time since the ousting of Egypt’s late Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in 2013, the Muslim Brotherhood announced that it would no longer seek to claim power should the regime of current President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi fall. In a very controversial statement, the organization announced that it will …

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Arresting Hope in Egypt

When the Egyptian authorities arrested yet another group of well-known public figures in late June, the detainees were accused of involvement in a Muslim Brotherhood plot to bring down the government. Meanwhile, the Trump administration in the United States continues to give serious consideration to designating the Muslim Brotherhood a …

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