Egypt Politics & Government
Former Egyptian lawmaker pulls out of presidential race
Egypt approves cabinet reshuffle ahead of elections
Egypt court overturns sentence against Mubarak-era interior minister
Arab foreign ministers to meet on Trump’s Jerusalem move
Egypt's President Sisi wins huge parliamentary support for a 2nd term
Egyptian former PM not to run in 2018 presidential elections
Egypt court postpones verdict against presidential hopeful - sources
Egypt presidential hopeful says bureaucrats blocking his bid
2018-01-17 20:40:05 Cairo - Supporters of a rights lawyer who hopes to run in Egypt's presidential election in May say bureaucrats loyal to the government are obstructing their efforts to get him on the ballot. The complaints aired on Wednesday suggest Khaled Ali is struggling to secure the 25 000 signatures necessary to challenge President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who is widely expected to run for and win a second four-year term   Read More ...
Egypt presidential hopeful says bureaucrats blocking his bid
2018-01-17 20:14:12 CAIRO (AP) — Supporters of a rights lawyer who hopes to run in Egypt's presidential election in May say bureaucrats loyal to the government are obstructing their efforts to get him on the ballot. The complaints aired Wednesday suggest Khaled Ali is struggling to secure the 25,000 signatures necessary to challenge President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who is widely expected to run for and win a second four-year term   Read More ...
Egypt presidential hopeful says bureaucrats blocking his bid
2018-01-17 19:45:05 CAIRO (AP) — Supporters of a rights lawyer who hopes to run in Egypt's presidential election in May say bureaucrats loyal to the government are obstructing their efforts to get him on the ballot. The complaints aired Wednesday suggest Khaled Ali is struggling to secure the 25,000 signatures necessary to challenge President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who is widely expected to run for and win a second four-year term   Read More ...
Former Egyptian lawmaker pulls out of presidential race
2018-01-16 12:14:17 CAIRO: A former Egyptian lawmaker Mohammed Anwar Sadat has decided not to run in the presidential election in March, saying the political "climate" isn't conducive to campaigning, according to Sadat's statement. Sadat, nephew of Egypt's late leader Anwar Sadat, told reporters on Monday that his decision was partially taken to protect his campaign workers from intimidation or arrest by authorities. He said he "will not contest a lost battle" while also citing emergency laws and a ban on demonstrations as further reasons for his decision   Read More ...
Former Lawmaker Sadat Won’t Run for President in Egypt
2018-01-15 20:00:13 CAIRO—Former lawmaker Mohamed Anwar Sadat announced Monday that he wouldn’t seek the country’s presidency in March, an unexpected move that draws focus on an election where many say the odds are already stacked in favor of the state-backed incumbent.   Read More ...
Former Egyptian lawmaker pulls out of presidential race
2018-01-15 18:38:56 Cairo - A former Egyptian lawmaker said on Monday he will not run in the March presidential election, saying the political "climate" wasn't conducive to campaigning. Mohammed Anwar Sadat, nephew of Egypt's late leader Anwar Sadat, told reporters his decision was partially taken to protect his campaign workers from intimidation or arrest by authorities. "We don't want people in the campaign to be hurt," he said   Read More ...
Nephew of assassinated president Sadat says Egypt too repressive for election bid
2018-01-15 14:48:04 CAIRO (Reuters) - The nephew of assassinated Egyptian president Anwar al-Sadat said on Monday he would not, as widely expected, challenge incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in the presidential election because an environment of fear surrounds the vote. Sisi has yet to announce his candidacy but is widely expected to run and easily win a ballot slated for March 26-28. Mohamed Anwar al-Sadat, whose uncle led a sweeping economic liberalisation programme and opened ties with Israel before his assassination in 1981, had previously said he was mulling a run   Read More ...
Nephew of assassinated president Sadat says Egypt too repressive for election bid
2018-01-15 14:43:33 CAIRO (Reuters) - The nephew of assassinated Egyptian president Anwar al-Sadat said on Monday he would not, as widely expected, challenge incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in the presidential election because an environment of fear surrounds the vote. Sisi has yet to announce his candidacy but is widely expected to run and easily win a ballot slated for March 26-28. Mohamed Anwar al-Sadat, whose uncle led a sweeping economic liberalization program and opened ties with Israel before his assassination in 1981, had previously said he was mulling a run   Read More ...
Former Egyptian lawmaker pulls out of presidential race
2018-01-15 13:17:31 A former Egyptian lawmaker says he has decided not to run in the presidential election in March, saying the political “climate” isn’t conducive to campaigning. Mohammed Anwar Sadat, nephew of Egypt’s late leader Anwar Sadat, told reporters on Monday that his decision was partially taken to protect his campaign workers from intimidation or arrest by authorities. Sadat, an outspoken critic of the government, was thrown out of parliament last year amid allegations he had leaked official documents to foreign diplomats   Read More ...
Former Egyptian lawmaker pulls out of presidential race
2018-01-15 13:11:11 CAIRO (AP) — A former Egyptian lawmaker says he has decided not to run in the presidential election in March, saying the political "climate" isn't conducive to campaigning. Mohammed Anwar Sadat, nephew of Egypt's late leader Anwar Sadat, told reporters on Monday that his decision was partially taken to protect his campaign workers from intimidation or arrest by authorities. He said he "will not contest a lost battle" while also citing emergency laws and a ban on demonstrations as further reasons for his decision   Read More ...
Former Egyptian lawmaker pulls out of presidential race
2018-01-15 13:09:19 CAIRO (AP) — A former Egyptian lawmaker says he has decided not to run in the presidential election in March, saying the political "climate" isn't conducive to campaigning. Mohammed Anwar Sadat, nephew of Egypt's late leader Anwar Sadat, told reporters on Monday that his decision was partially taken to protect his campaign workers from intimidation or arrest by authorities. He said he "will not contest a lost battle" while also citing emergency laws and a ban on demonstrations as further reasons for his decision   Read More ...
Egypt reshuffles its government, appoints 4 new ministers
2018-01-15 11:38:34 Cairo - Egypt's president has sworn in four new cabinet ministers in a limited government reshuffle. President Abdel-Fattah eal-Sisi swore in the new ministers of culture, tourism, local development and business just hours after parliament approved their appointment on Sunday. Einas Abdel-Dayem, a career flute player who received her education in France and is currently in charge of the Cairo Opera House, was named Culture Minister   Read More ...
2 presidential hopefuls take aim at el-Sissi's rule
2018-01-14 16:07:15 CAIRO (AP) — Barely a week after authorities set a date for Egypt's presidential elections, two hopefuls have launched their campaigns with a barrage of criticism of general-turned-president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's rule. El-Sissi has yet to formally announce whether he will run in the March 26-28 election, but he is virtually certain to contest and win another four-year term in office. Neither rights activist Khaled Ali nor former lawmaker Mohammed Anwar Sadat pose a serious challenge to el-Sissi, but both appear willing to take advantage of the election to air scathing criticism of his rule   Read More ...
2 presidential hopefuls take aim at el-Sissi's rule
2018-01-14 15:41:04 CAIRO (AP) — Barely a week after authorities set a date for Egypt's presidential elections, two hopefuls have launched their campaigns with a barrage of criticism of general-turned-president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's rule. El-Sissi has yet to formally announce whether he will run in the March 26-28 election, but he is virtually certain to contest and win another four-year term in office. Neither rights activist Khaled Ali nor former lawmaker Mohammed Anwar Sadat pose a serious challenge to el-Sissi, but both appear willing to take advantage of the election to air scathing criticism of his rule   Read More ...
Egypt: 2 presidential hopefuls take aim at el-Sissi's rule
2018-01-14 15:40:21 CAIRO – Barely a week after authorities set a date for Egypt's presidential elections, two hopefuls have launched their campaigns with a barrage of criticism of general-turned-president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's rule. El-Sissi has yet to formally announce whether he will run in the March 26-28 election, but he is virtually certain to contest and win another four-year term in office. Neither rights activist Khaled Ali nor former lawmaker Mohammed Anwar Sadat pose a serious challenge to el-Sissi, but both appear willing to take advantage of the election to air scathing criticism of his rule   Read More ...
Egypt approves cabinet reshuffle ahead of elections
2018-01-14 14:30:29 CAIRO: Egypt's parliament approved on Sunday a cabinet reshuffle including four new ministers, government sources said, two months ahead of a scheduled presidential election. The reshuffle included the appointment of Abu Bakr al-Gendi as minister for local development, Rania al-Mashat as tourism minister, Enas Abdeldayem as culture minister and Khaled Badawy as public enterprise minister. Two new ministry deputies were also appointed in the reshuffle   Read More ...
Egypt approves cabinet reshuffle ahead of elections
2018-01-14 13:47:04 CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's parliament approved on Sunday a cabinet reshuffle including four new ministers, government sources said, two months ahead of a scheduled presidential election. The reshuffle included the appointment of Abu Bakr al-Gendi as minister for local development, Rania al-Mashat as tourism minister, Enas Abdeldayem as culture minister and Khaled Badawy as public enterprise minister. Two new ministry deputies were also appointed in the reshuffle   Read More ...
Egypt reshuffles its government, appoints 4 new ministers
2018-01-14 13:41:08 CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's parliament has approved a limited Cabinet reshuffle, appointing new ministers for culture, tourism, local development and business. Approval Sunday by the 596-seat chamber paves the way for President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to swear in the new ministers. The new ministers include French-educated Einas Abdel-Dayem, a career flute player currently in charge of the Cairo Opera House, an arts and music complex at the heart of Cairo that has been a beacon of culture for Egyptians since the 1980s   Read More ...
Egypt approves cabinet reshuffle ahead of elections
2018-01-14 13:40:03 CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt’s parliament approved on Sunday a cabinet reshuffle including four new ministers, government sources said, two months ahead of a scheduled presidential election. The reshuffle included the appointment of Abu Bakr al-Gendi as minister for local development, Rania al-Mashat as tourism minister, Enas Abdeldayem as culture minister and Khaled Badawy as public enterprise minister. Two new ministry deputies were also appointed in the reshuffle   Read More ...
Egypt reshuffles its government, appoints 4 new ministers
2018-01-14 13:36:15 CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's parliament has approved a limited Cabinet reshuffle, appointing new ministers for culture, tourism, local development and business. Approval Sunday by the 596-seat chamber paves the way for President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to swear in the new ministers. The new ministers include French-educated Einas Abdel-Dayem, a career flute player currently in charge of the Cairo Opera House, an arts and music complex at the heart of Cairo that has been a beacon of culture for Egyptians since the 1980s   Read More ...
Ex-army chief to run in Egypt’s presidential election
2018-01-14 12:09:26 CAIRO: A top politician said that a former Egyptian army chief of staff will contest the upcoming presidential elections in March, as other candidates have faced heavy pressure to drop out. Ragab Helal Hemida, the head of the policies committee in the Egypt Arabist Democratic party, told The Associated Press on Friday that Lt. Gen. Sami Annan has accepted the candidacy nomination by his party   Read More ...
Ex-army chief to run in Egypt's presidential elections
2018-01-14 07:37:35 Cairo - A top politician says that a former Egyptian army chief of staff will contest the upcoming presidential elections in March, as other candidates have faced heavy pressure to drop out. Ragab Helal Hemida, the head of the policies committee in the Egypt Arabist Democratic party, told The Associated Press on Friday that Lt. Gen. Sami Annan has accepted the candidacy nomination by his party   Read More ...
Football boss Mansour says to stand for Egypt president
2018-01-14 00:04:43 Cairo, Egypt | AFP | The head of Egypt’s legendary Zamalek football club, Mortada Mansour, said Saturday he would be standing in the presidential election in March. “I will be a candidate in the presidential election and I will start to collect sponsors,” he wrote on Facebook. He also confirmed his intention to run on a television show, saying he “had to gather about 25,000 signatures in 15 provinces in just 10 days”   Read More ...
Egyptian presidential election to be held March 26-28
2018-01-13 18:06:06 (8 Jan 2018) The chairman of Egypt's election commission says the country's presidential election will be held between 26-28 March, with a runoff in April. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has yet to formally announce his bid for re-election, but is widely expected to run and win a second four-year term. Authorities have waged a wide-scale crackdown on dissent since el-Sissi, as defence minister, led the military overthrow of an elected but divisive Islamist president in 2013. Lasheen Ibrahim, the chairman of the national election authority, announced the dates for the election on Monday. The runoff will be held between 24-26 April if no candidate secures more than 50 percent of the vote   Read More ...
Ex-military chief of staff to run in Egypt presidential election
2018-01-13 05:20:44 Former military chief of staff General Sami Anan will run in Egypt's upcoming presidential election, the party he leads said on Thursday. The announcement came days after the most serious potential challenger to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi pulled out. An election commission said on Monday that Egypt would hold the vote on March 26-28, with a run-off on April 24-26. Candidates must register between January 20 and 29   Read More ...
Ex-military chief of staff to run in Egyptian presidential election
2018-01-11 22:44:49 CAIRO - Former armed forces chief of staff General Sami Anan is to run in Egypt's presidential election in March, his party said on Thursday. "The party leaders took a decision for General Sami Anan’s candidacy and informed him of the decision and there was no problem at all and no objection," from him, said Sami Balah, the secretary general of the Arabism Egypt Party   Read More ...
Egypt court overturns sentence against Mubarak-era interior minister
2018-01-11 14:30:35 CAIRO: An Egyptian court on Thursday quashed the conviction and prison sentence for alleged corruption against ex-interior minister Habib al-Adly and ordered a retrial, judicial sources said. A criminal court had sentenced Adly, who served under former President Hosni Mubarak before his fall to a popular uprising in 2011, to seven years in prison in April after convicting him on charges of abusing public funds   Read More ...
Egypt court overturns sentence against Mubarak-era interior minister
2018-01-11 14:12:51 CAIRO - An Egyptian court on Thursday quashed the conviction and prison sentence for alleged corruption against ex-interior minister Habib al-Adly and ordered a retrial, judicial sources said. A criminal court had sentenced Adly, who served under former President Hosni Mubarak before his fall to a popular uprising in 2011, to seven years in prison in April after convicting him on charges of abusing public funds   Read More ...
Egypt court overturns sentence against Mubarak-era interior minister
2018-01-11 14:11:59 CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court on Thursday quashed the conviction and prison sentence for alleged corruption against ex-interior minister Habib al-Adly and ordered a retrial, judicial sources said. A criminal court had sentenced Adly, who served under former President Hosni Mubarak before his fall to a popular uprising in 2011, to seven years in prison in April after convicting him on charges of abusing public funds   Read More ...
Egypt court overturns sentence against Mubarak-era interior minister
2018-01-11 14:02:13 CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court on Thursday quashed the conviction and prison sentence for alleged corruption against ex-interior minister Habib al-Adly and ordered a retrial, judicial sources said. A criminal court had sentenced Adly, who served under former President Hosni Mubarak before his fall to a popular uprising in 2011, to seven years in prison in April after convicting him on charges of abusing public funds   Read More ...
Egypt’s finance minister expects inflation rate below 20% next month
2018-01-10 18:18:04 Cairo: Egypt’s inflation is expected to fall below 20 per cent next month and to 10 to 12 per cent during 2018, Finance Minister Amr El Garhy said on Wednesday. Annual urban consumer price inflation fell to 21.9 per cent in December from 26 per cent in November, the official statistics agency, CAPMAS, said earlier on Wednesday. “It’s a better than good indication and puts us on a good path,” said Garhy   Read More ...
Arab foreign ministers to meet on Trump’s Jerusalem move
2018-01-10 17:23:30 CAIRO, Egypt — Arab foreign ministers will meet early next month to discuss steps against US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the Arab League said Wednesday. The meeting of the League’s Council will be held on February 1 in Cairo, its general secretariat said in a memo obtained by AFP. President Trump’s controversial decision in December to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital sparked protests in Arab and Muslim countries and was rejected in a non-binding UN General Assembly resolution   Read More ...
Understanding Muslim Brotherhood's possible participation in Egypt presidential election - AM Live
2018-01-10 09:07:53 Egypt will hold its presidential election in March with President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi virtually guaranteed to run for and win a second four-year term amid a heavy clampdown on dissent.   Read More ...
Egypt's President Sisi wins huge parliamentary support for a second term
2018-01-09 20:32:02 CAIRO: Egypt's President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has won the backing of over three-quarters of parliamentarians for a second term as president, lawmakers said on Tuesday, a day after a timeline for the election was announced. Sisi has yet to announce his candidacy for the ballot, scheduled for March 26-28. But he is widely expected to run and win the election. The former general won a landslide victory in an election in 2014, one year after - as a military commander - he led the overthrow of elected president Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood   Read More ...
Egypt's President Sisi wins huge parliamentary support for a second term
2018-01-09 19:48:39 CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has won the backing of over three-quarters of parliamentarians for a second term as president, lawmakers said on Tuesday, a day after a timeline for the election was announced. Sisi has yet to announce his candidacy for the ballot, scheduled for March 26-28. But he is widely expected to run and win the election   Read More ...
Egypt's President Sisi wins huge parliamentary support for a 2nd term
2018-01-09 19:48:32 CAIRO - Egypt's President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has won the backing of over three-quarters of parliamentarians for a second term as president, lawmakers said on Tuesday, a day after a timeline for the election was announced. Sisi has yet to announce his candidacy for the ballot, scheduled for March 26-28. But he is widely expected to run and win the election   Read More ...
Egypt's President Sisi wins huge parliamentary support for a second term
2018-01-09 19:46:38 CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has won the backing of over three-quarters of parliamentarians for a second term as president, lawmakers said on Tuesday, a day after a timeline for the election was announced. Sisi has yet to announce his candidacy for the ballot, scheduled for March 26-28. But he is widely expected to run and win the election   Read More ...
Egypt sets election date as potential El Sisi rivals are elbowed out of the race
2018-01-09 18:46:19 The first round of voting in Egypt's presidential election will take place on March 26-28 the country’s election commission said on Monday, though it is unclear who will run against the incumbent president Abdel Fattah El Sisi, widely thought to be pursuing a second term. If one candidate receives more than 50 per cent of the votes the winner will be announced on April 2   Read More ...
Egypt sets election for March, with outcome all but certain
2018-01-09 16:00:35 CAIRO — Egypt will hold its presidential election over three days in March, officials said Monday, with President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi virtually guaranteed to run for and win a second four-year term amid a heavy clampdown on dissent. Sissi has yet to formally announce his candidacy, but with less than three months to go before the vote, no candidate who could pose a serious challenge to him has emerged   Read More ...
Egypt to hold presidential election March
2018-01-09 12:10:35 Egyptians will head to the polls on March 26-28 in the first round of a presidential election, National Elections Authority chief Lasheen Ibrahim said Monday. A second round will be held on April 24-26 if required, he told a news conference in Cairo. Ibrahim said the commission would accept applications from presidential hopefuls between January 20 and 29. "The provisional list of candidates and the numbers of their supporters will be published" in state-run newspapers Al-Ahram and Al-Akhbar on January 31, he said   Read More ...