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Two years ago nationalism sparked massive protests in Egypt. Could it happen again?
2018-04-15 20:58:08 Earlier this month, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi won reelection with a sweeping of the vote, in what was widely considered a sham election. Overall participation was only 41 percent of registered voters, falling short of the 47 percent four years ago. The low turnout was effectively a gauge of the faltering popular support for the nationalist policies of Sissi, whose campaign centered on his ability to safeguard security and stability   Read More ...
Egypt opens Gaza border ahead of new protests against Israel
2018-04-12 14:01:28 GAZA CITY: Egypt on Thursday opened its largely sealed border with the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip for three days, on the eve of more planned protests against Israel, Palestinian authorities said. Palestinians say protesters are being shot while posing no threat to soldiers. The Rafah crossing is the only exit for Gaza residents except into Israel, but Egypt has largely sealed it in recent years, citing security threats   Read More ...
Egypt prosecutor orders website editor detained for 15 days - sources
2018-04-05 23:48:16 CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian prosecutor ordered on Thursday that a news website's editor-in-chief be detained for 15 days pending investigations, judicial sources and one of his lawyers said. Adel Sabry, editor-in-chief of Masr al-Arabia, was arrested on Tuesday after its office was raided by police who told its lawyers the website did not have a permit to operate. The office of the website was shut down on the same day   Read More ...
Trump congratulates Egypt's Sisi in call, affirms strategic partnership
2018-04-02 20:48:34 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump congratulated his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, on his re-election in a phone call on Monday and reaffirmed the U.S. strategic partnership with Egypt, the White House said. Sisi, who had no real opposition, was elected with 97 percent of the vote, official returns showed. The White House said in a statement that Trump congratulated the Egyptian president and "the two leaders affirmed the strategic partnership between the United States and Egypt   Read More ...
Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi wins re-election with 97% of vote
2018-04-02 20:00:07 CAIRO — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has won a second, four-year term in office, with more than 97% of the vote in last week’s election, according to official results announced Monday by the election commission, which put turnout at 41.05%. El-Sissi faced no serious challenger in the March 26-28 vote, after a string of potentially strong candidates withdrew under pressure or were arrested   Read More ...
Sisi wins Egypt election with 97% of valid votes
2018-04-02 18:01:01 CAIRO: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been re-elected for a second term with 97.08% of valid votes cast in an election last week, the election authority said Monday. The head of the authority Lasheen Ibrahim said at a press conference that turnout was 41.05% of the almost 60 million registered voters. He said 92.73% of the votes were valid from the roughly 24 million cast, while almost two million ballots were spoiled   Read More ...
Egyptian President’s Allies Move to Extend His Time in Office
2018-04-02 17:00:32 April 2, 2018 9:38 a.m. ET CAIRO—Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi won a crushing electoral victory, according to official results released Monday. Now, his allies are looking for ways to extend his term in office beyond the current legal limit. Some of Mr. Sisi’s supporters say keeping him in office would guarantee stability at a pivotal moment for the Arab world’s largest nation   Read More ...
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi wins 97 per cent in election with no real opposition
2018-04-02 16:45:13 CAIRO (REUTERS) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been re-elected with 97 per cent of votes, the same proportion that the former military commander secured four years ago for his first term, official results showed on Monday (April 2). However, turnout was lower at 41 per cent, despite efforts to get as many Egyptians as possible to polling stations during last week's vote   Read More ...
Egypt's Sisi re-elected with 97 percent of votes, turnout 41 percent - election commission
2018-04-02 15:48:05 CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been re-elected with 97 percent of votes, the exact proportion that brought the former military commander his first term four years ago, Egypt's election commission announced on Monday. However, turnout in last week's election was lower than in 2014, at 41 percent. Sisi had long been virtually guaranteed victory after all serious opposition pulled out of the contest earlier this year   Read More ...
Egypt's Sisi reelected with 92% of vote: state media
2018-03-30 05:54:17 Cairo, Egypt | AFP | Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been reelected for a second term with 92 percent of the vote, state media reported on Thursday citing preliminary results. Some 23 million of the 6rcent of the vote, state media reported on Thursday citing preliminary results.0 million registered voters turned out during the three days of polling that ended Wednesday, state-owned newspapers Al-Ahram and Akhbar el-Youm, and the official MENA news agency reported   Read More ...
Egyptian media say election turnout was around 40 percent
2018-03-30 05:14:01 CAIRO (AP) -- The initial results of Egypt's presidential election show a landslide win for President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who faced no serious challenge, and a turnout hovering around 40 percent, pro-government media reported Thursday Counting began after polls closed late Wednesday, wrapping up three days of voting. Egyptian authorities went to great lengths to bolster turnout in a bid to give the election legitimacy   Read More ...
Egyptians in Sinai queue for bread, not ballots
2018-03-26 23:47:55 CAIRO (Reuters) - As some voters in mainland Egypt chanted praise for President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi outside polling stations on their way to re-elect him, residents of the restive northern Sinai Peninsula lined up for a different reason - bread handouts. A military campaign in North Sinai that aims to crush Islamic State militants has blocked most access to the peninsula as forces carry out air raids, deploy patrols and impose curfews, creating a stranglehold that has led to a shortage of food and supplies, locals say   Read More ...
Egypt heads to polls to choose between Sisi and 'rival'
2018-03-26 21:10:40 Cairo, Egypt | AFP |Egyptians headed to the polls Monday in a presidential election to choose between incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and a little-known politician who has struggled to make the case he is a serious contender. Polling stations opened at 9:00 am (0700 GMT) for the three-day vote, in which Sisi is all but guaranteed to win a second four-year term   Read More ...
Egypt election begins with President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi certain winner
2018-03-26 21:04:53 CAIRO — Polls opened on Monday in Egypt’s presidential election with the outcome — a second term for President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi — a foregone conclusion. A general-turned-president, el-Sissi is challenged by Moussa Mustafa Moussa, a little known politician who joined the race in the last minute to spare the government the embarrassment of a one-candidate election. Moussa has made no effort to challenge el-Sissi, who never mentioned his challenger once in public   Read More ...
Egyptians Head to the Polls, but They Don't Have Much of a Choice
2018-03-26 21:03:55 (CAIRO) — Polls opened on Monday in Egypt’s presidential election with the outcome — a second, four-year term for President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi — a foregone conclusion, in what is seen by critics as a signal of the country’s return to the authoritarian rule that prevailed since the 1950s. A general-turned-president, el-Sissi is challenged by Moussa Mustafa Moussa, a little known politician who joined the race in the last minute to spare the government the embarrassment of a one-candidate election after several hopefuls were forced out of the race or arrested   Read More ...
Egypt heads to polls to choose between Sisi and 'rival'
2018-03-26 21:00:01 Egyptians vote in a presidential election Monday to choose between incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and a little-known candidate who has struggled to make the case he is not Sisi's minion. Polling stations open March 26 (today) for the three-day vote in which Sisi is all but guaranteed to win a second four-year term. Security will be tight across the country. The Islamic State group's Egyptian affiliate, which has killed hundreds of soldiers and civilians, has threatened attacks on election-related installations   Read More ...
Egypt's Sisi visits Sinai ahead of poll, says militants almost defeated
2018-03-23 17:02:18 CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Friday that militants in the Sinai Peninsula would soon be defeated as he visited troops there days ahead of an election that is set to grant him a second term, state news agency MENA reported. Polls will open on Monday when voters choose between Sisi and one little-known candidate who supports the former field marshal   Read More ...
Watchdog: Nations helped Egypt's military consolidate power
2018-03-23 14:47:11 BERLIN (AP) -- The international community is doing a disservice to the Egyptian people by supporting the country's armed forces with "few strings attached," an anti-corruption watchdog said Friday. The new report comes just days ahead of Egypt's presidential election, in which general-turned-President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is virtually certain to win as he faces only one other opponent, an obscure politician   Read More ...
Egyptians who took part in Arab Spring say voting useless
2018-03-20 08:01:32 CAIRO: As banners supporting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's bid for a second term fill Cairo's streets, some who participated in the 2011 democratic uprising say they will boycott this month's "predetermined" elections. "It's been a downwards slippery slope since the last presidential elections (in 2014): nothing is improving," said Sami, who took part in the January 2011 uprising which toppled longtime president Hosni Mubarak   Read More ...
Egyptians who took part in Arab Spring say voting useless
2018-03-20 07:00:02 As banners supporting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's bid for a second term fill Cairo's streets, some who participated in the 2011 democratic uprising say they will boycott this month's "predetermined" elections. "It's been a downwards slippery slope since the last presidential elections (in 2014): nothing is improving," said Sami, who took part in the January 2011 uprising which toppled longtime president Hosni Mubarak   Read More ...
No room for debate as Egypt's Sisi poised for second term
2018-03-16 20:01:15 With Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on the cusp of winning a second term in this month's election, what's left of the opposition is reduced to praying he will step aside in four years.There is little else his critics can realistically hope for after Sisi eviscerated his opposition in his first term. In the run up to the March 26-28 election, a succession of would-be candidates were abruptly sidelined like doomed characters in an Agatha Christie novel   Read More ...
Ahly secure landmark 40th Egyptian league triumph
2018-03-13 10:07:48 Cairo giants and multiple African champions Al Ahly have secured their 40th Egyptian league title. Hossam El Badry's team were confirmed as winners on Monday when a 0-0 draw between Al Masry and Entag El Harby gave them an unassailable lead. "We played an extraordinary season and that makes me very happy, as we won the title with six weeks to spare," El Badry told the club's website   Read More ...
Egyptian court fines PSG president for BeIN anti-trust breach
2018-03-13 10:03:39 CAIRO (AFP) - Qatar's BeIN Sports chief executive Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who is also the president of Paris Saint-Germain, was hit with a second anti-trust fine by an Egyptian court on Monday. The court accuses BeIN of forcing its Egyptian customers to replace their existing satellites to obtain their services. A fine of 400 million Egyptian pounds ($22.7 million, 18 million euros) has been handed down after prosecution by the Egyptian Competition Authority (ECA) in a Cairo economic court   Read More ...
Egypt sets up hotline to combat 'fake news'
2018-03-13 02:37:01 Cairo: Egypt’s judiciary announced Monday it has set up a hotline to gather complaints of “fake” news in the traditional or electronic media that could pose a threat to national security. Two weeks ahead of elections in Egypt, the media have been under close scrutiny, with an increase in cases of journalists being arrested and websites blocked. “The Egyptian judiciary has set aside mobile telephone numbers to receive complaints on the instant messaging app WhatsApp and by SMS, so long as the name of the complainant and their personal details are given,” it said in a statement   Read More ...
Gas Deal with Egypt: Israel Deepens Anchor in the East Med
2018-03-12 22:23:15 Presumably the government of Israel played an important role in securing the $15 billion natural gas deal signed recently between the owners of Israel’s Tamar and Leviathan fields and the Egyptian Dolphinus Holding. For his part, Egypt’s President el-Sisi stated that with this deal Egypt has gained a foothold in the Eastern Mediterranean, positioned itself as a regional energy center, and "scored a big goal   Read More ...
Bailly shackles Salah to end Egyptian's goal rush
2018-03-12 19:31:41 PARIS (AFP) - Ivorian Eric Bailly succeeded where so many English Premier League defenders have failed by stopping Egyptian Mohamed Salah from scoring as Africans starred in the major European leagues. Joint Premier League leading scorer Salah failed to score for the first time in eight starts as his Liverpool side fell 2-1 away to Manchester United at the weekend. Bailly, starting for the first time since November after injury, turned a cross from Senegal's Sadio Mane into his own net, but United had already built a two-goal advantage   Read More ...
Egypt detains 8 soccer fans over protest
2018-03-12 18:38:23 Cairo - Egypt has arrested eight people after soccer fans tore out seats and chanted against the government during a game earlier this month. The demonstration, which was dispersed by police, happened during a March 6 match in which Egypt's Al-Ahly beat Gabon's CF Mounana 4-0 in Cairo's international stadium. There were no reports of serious injuries in what authorities said was a "riot"   Read More ...
Egypt picks 4 european banks to manage international bond sale
2018-03-12 18:19:28 Cairo: Egypt selected four European banks to manage its first euro-denominated bond sale, taking advantage of lower borrowing costs in Europe as it looks to secure funding to plug the budget deficit. The government picked BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank, Standard Chartered and Intesa Sanpaolo for the issuance worth between 1 billion and 1.5 billion euros (Dh4.5 billion to Dh6.8 billion) that’s slated to be held before the start of the fiscal year that begins July 1, Khaled Abd Al Rahman, assistant finance minister for capital market operations, said by phone   Read More ...
Egypt writer's call for Salah to shave beard sparks outrage
2018-03-12 17:13:17 CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian columnist has ignited a firestorm on social media by calling on Liverpool's star forward Mohamed Salah to shave his beard, saying he looks like a "terrorist." In an article published Sunday by the state-run newspaper Al-Ahram, Salah Montaser said Salah should shave his beard as it "puts him in one basket with extremists.... and terrorists." Fans criticized the article on social media, saying facial hair is a personal choice and that people shouldn't be judged on their appearance   Read More ...
Egypt writer's call for Salah to shave beard sparks outrage
2018-03-12 17:10:54 CAIRO – An Egyptian columnist has ignited a firestorm on social media by calling on Liverpool's star forward Mohamed Salah to shave his beard, saying he looks like a "terrorist." In an article published Sunday by the state-run newspaper Al-Ahram, Salah Montaser said Salah should shave his beard as it "puts him in one basket with extremists.... and terrorists." Fans criticized the article on social media, saying facial hair is a personal choice and that people shouldn't be judged on their appearance   Read More ...
Egypt filmmakers defy taboos of conservative society
2018-03-12 16:31:57 CAIRO, Egypt — Filmmakers in Egypt are defying a largely conservative society with television series and movies that deal with modern relationships between men and women and the empowerment of the young. In its heyday between the 1950s and the 1970s, Egypt had one of the largest and most dynamic movie industries in the world. The golden age of Egyptian cinema starred fiery, determined women and love scenes that rivaled those of Western movies at the time   Read More ...
Egypt's foreign minister arrives in Juba
2018-03-12 16:06:45 Egypt's foreign minister Sameh Shoukry has arrived in the South Sudanese capital Juba today morning in a visit that aims to boost bilateral cooperation and discuss a number of regional matters. The visiting official was received at Juba Airport by the Minister in the Officer of the President Mayiik Ayii Deng. The Egyptian foreign minister is scheduled to meet several top South Sudanese officials, including President Salva Kiir, and will engage in talks with the national dialogue committee, which Egypt is keen on supporting   Read More ...
Egypt detains 8 soccer fans over protest
2018-03-12 14:42:48 CAIRO (AP) — Egypt has arrested eight people after soccer fans tore out seats and chanted against the government during a game earlier this month. The demonstration, which was dispersed by police, happened during a March 6 match in which Egypt's Al-Ahly beat Gabon's CF Mounana 4-0 in Cairo's international stadium. There were no reports of serious injuries in what authorities said was a "riot   Read More ...
Egypt filmmakers defy taboos of conservative society
2018-03-12 13:02:19 CAIRO (AFP) - Filmmakers in Egypt are defying a largely conservative society with television series and movies that deal with modern relationships between men and women and the empowerment of the young. In its heyday between the 1950s and the 1970s, Egypt had one of the largest and most dynamic movie industries in the world. The golden age of Egyptian cinema starred fiery, determined women and love scenes that rivalled those of Western movies at the time   Read More ...
Mubadala signs new deal with Eni for Egypt concession
2018-03-12 12:14:55 Abu Dhabi: Mubadala Petroleum and Italy’s Eni signed an agreement to purchase a 10 per cent stake in the Egyptian Shorouk Concession encompassing the giant Zohr gasfield located in the Mediterranean Sea. Currently, Eni is the chief operator with a 60 per cent interest, and other partners in the concession are BP, with 10 per cent interest, and Rosneft, with 30 per cent interest   Read More ...
In Egypt, the opposition is calling for a boycott of this month's election. Will it work?
2018-03-12 10:46:16 Later this month, Egyptians will go to the polls to reelect Abdel Fatah al-Sissi to his second term as president. An all too familiar scenario is playing out: Sissi is the only viable candidate. His sole challenger, Mousa Mostafa Mousa, is the head of a party that had endorsed Sissi before entering its own candidate at the last minute. Other potential challengers were threatened, intimidated or arrested into withdrawing   Read More ...
Egypt army says 16 jihadists killed in Sinai operation
2018-03-12 07:37:24 Cairo - Egypt's military said on Sunday 16 jihadists, an officer and a soldier were killed in the past four days during a major military operation against Islamic State group jihadists in Sinai. The army launched a sweeping campaign after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is standing in elections for his second term this month, gave them a three-month deadline to crush ISIS in Sinai   Read More ...
Egypt court sentences 10 to death on terror-related charges
2018-03-12 06:03:23 CAIRO, Egypt (AP) — An Egyptian court has sentenced 10 people to death and five others to life in prison for forming a “terrorist cell” to plot attacks on security forces and other institutions. The State-run MENA news agency says the defendants are affiliated with the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group and are accused of aiming to assault security personnel and state institutions, target Egypt's Christian minority and disrupt public order   Read More ...
In Egypt’s presidential election, a strongman’s only challenger is barely campaigning
2018-03-12 00:45:39 CAIRO — The election billboards of President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi are everywhere in this bustling capital. They read: “Yalla Sissi” — “Go Sissi” in Arabic — urging him on for a second term. Egyptian voters will struggle to find a billboard for his only challenger. That obscure candidate, after all, said weeks ago that he wants Sissi to remain as president   Read More ...
Eni sells 10 percent of Egypt's Shorouk concession to Mubadala Petroleum
2018-03-12 00:40:30 MILAN (Reuters) - Italian oil company Eni () said on Sunday it would sell a 10 percent stake in the Shorouk concession in Egypt’s Zohr gas field to Mubadala Petroleum of the United Arab Emirates for $934 million. Eni currently holds through its subsidiary IEOC a 60 percent stake in the block, the biggest ever gas discovery in the Mediterranean, with 400 million standard cubic feet per day   Read More ...