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Parliamentary committee approves judicial appointment bill in surprise move

Parliament’s Legislative and Constitutional Affairs Committee has approved a bill which grants the president powers to appoint Egypt’s top judicial posts. The decision, which affects all judicial branches, has been decried as a blow to the independence of the judiciary.

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Why is Sisi afraid of the Constitution and parliament?

As parliamentary elections draw near, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi described the Constitution, two years after it was ratified, as flawed. “The Constitution gave the parliament broad powers, with good intentions,” he said in a speech on Sunday. “But the country cannot be run on good intentions.”

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Analysis: Egyptians Vote on New Constitution

Egypt’s military is on high alert ahead of the referendum on the country’s new constitution. The vote starts this week. The military have banned the Muslin Brotherhood and arrested many activists in eh months before the referendum. So this is now the military backed government’s attempt to legitimize its coup …

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