Egypt’s Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, who headed the military junta that ruled after president Hosni Mubarak’s ouster in the Arab Spring protests, has died at age 85, state media and a military official said Tuesday.
Egypt parliament approves law restricting soldiers from running for office
Egypt’s parliament has approved amendments to a law that would restrict current and former members of the armed forces from running for office without consent from top army leaders.
Retired military personnel shall require SCAF approval to practice politics
No former or currently-serving military personnel will be allowed to participate in electoral politics without the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) permission, the Egyptian Parliament has said.
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 …
Egypt: Activist Alaa Abdel Fattah ‘to be released from prison’
After five years in prison, Alaa Abdel Fattah, a high-profile Egyptian blogger and rights activist, is due to be released from prison on Wednesday, his family said.
Novelist Alaa al-Aswany sued for ‘insulting’ Egyptian state
A lawsuit was filed against Egyptian writer and novelist Alaa al-Aswany at the military General Prosecution Office, calling for his trial over accusations of “insulting the president, the Armed Forces, and judicial institutions.”
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 …
Eight years on: Was Egypt’s 25 January revolution worth the sacrifice?
The past truly is a foreign country, just as Egypt has become to me. Three months before the seismic events of 25 January popular uprising I gave birth to my only son at a maternity hospital a few kilometers away from Tahrir square where many mothers lost their sons and …
‘Into the Hands of the Soldiers’ Review: Arab Spring, Egypt’s Fall
Uprisings tend to have two opposing parties. Egypt had four, each slamming the door shut just as the light of democracy began to shine through. James Traub reviews “Into the Hands of the Soldiers” by David D. Kirkpatrick.
Egypt court sentences 75 to death in 2013 Rabaa protest
Egypt sentenced 75 people to death, including top figures of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, for their involvement in a 2013 sit-in, Egypt’s state-run media said on Saturday.