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Active and former military staff will only be allowed to run for office with the army's approval, in a bid to bar any of Sisi's rivals from the presidency.

Egypt to allow military personnel to run in elections

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Egypt to allow military personnel to run in elections

Egypt's parliament on Monday approved amendments allowing active or former military personnel to run for the presidency and parliament pending the army's approval.

Jailed <em>Sami</em> <em>Anan</em> who challenged Sisi for presidency freed

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Jailed Sami Anan who challenged Sisi for presidency freed

Egypt released from jail a former military chief of staff arrested in 2018 after he tried to challenge President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in a ...

Something had to give in Egypt

Sam Hamad

Something had to give in Egypt

Comment: Egyptians are waking up to the fact that Sisi never intended to fulfil his promises, writes Sam Hamad.

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Egypt court upholds prison term for former anti-graft chief

An Egyptian court on Sunday upheld a five-year prison sentence for the country's former anti-corruption chief, found guilty of insulting the military.

Rana Allam

Egypt: Tailoring constitutions for the ruling military

Comment: Sisi's plan to modify the constitution - and stay in power until 2034 - moves Egyptians a step further away from justice and freedom, ...

Daniel Brumberg

Five years after Sisi's coup: Soul searching, resistance, division

Comment: Both Islamist and secular leaders have reason to consider how their actions or non-actions contributed to the collapse of Egypt's ...

The New Arab & agencies

Egypt confirms it's killed 10 militants behind Alexandria bombing

The Interior Ministry's Thursday statement presented the raids as recent events, but they appear to have taken place soon after a bomb attack in ...

Building a virtual political party for Egypt

Amr Khalifa

Building a virtual political party for Egypt

Comment: In a police state where freedom of speech is severely restricted, encryption technology provides a platform for organising away from ...

The New Arab

Sisi rival's campaign aide jailed for 'spreading fake news'

Hisham Geneina has been sentenced to five years behind bars for remarks made about the military regime during the Egyptian presidential campaign.

A cabinet of kleptocracy in Sisi's pseudo-parliament

Sam Hamad

A cabinet of kleptocracy in Sisi's pseudo-parliament

Comment: In Egypt's recent election Sisi was simply re-anointed as president without any fuss, but the ghosts of the revolution will persist, ...

Egypt former anti-corruption chief to stand military trial

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Egypt former anti-corruption chief to stand military trial

An Egyptian military court has referred a former anti-corruption chief to a military trial on charges of "spreading fake news", after he said he ...

Egypt's election produces surprise runner-up: Mohamed Salah

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Egypt's election produces surprise runner-up: Mohamed Salah

More than one million voters wrote in the name of football star Mohamed Salah in this Egypt's presidential election.

Egypt 'to release' detained Sisi presidential rival <em>Anan</em>

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Egypt 'to release' detained Sisi presidential rival Anan

Egyptian authorities are reportedly working to release a former military chief of staff, who was arrested after announcing his intention to run ...

The New Arab

Egypt's President Sisi re-elected: state media

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has secured re-election in a vote widely viewed as neither free or fair.

Amelia Smith

Sisi's only election pledge is to widen his crackdown

Comment: Egypt's election farce only shows the president's weakness, writes Amelia Smith.

The New Arab

Egypt not ready for democracy, says strongman Sisi

Egypt's president has said his country is not ready for democracy ahead of next week's elections, in which he is virtually certain to win a ...

The New Arab & agencies

Egypt sets up hotline to combat 'fake news'

Egypt has set up a hotline to gather reports of "fake news" as journalists come under increased scrutiny before the country's elections.

'Only dozens' attend rally for Egypt's sole presidential opponent

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'Only dozens' attend rally for Egypt's sole presidential opponent

Only a few dozen people attended a rally in support of Moussa Mustafa Moussa, the sole candidate running against Sisi and a government supporter ...

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Media under official scrutiny ahead of Egypt poll

Sisi has warned against 'defamation' of security forces, a day after his prosecution warned it would take legal action against 'false news.'

Campaigning begins in Sisi's 'competition-proof' elections

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Campaigning begins in Sisi's 'competition-proof' elections

Campaigning began in Egypt's presidential election on Saturday with incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi likely to romp to victory in the absence of a ...

Egypt authorities 'committing mass suicide' warns ElBaradei amid crackdown

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Egypt authorities 'committing mass suicide' warns ElBaradei amid crackdown

An Egyptian Nobel Peace Prize Laureate has warned authorities are 'committing mass suicide' in its crackdown on dissent ahead of next month's ...

<em>Anan</em> 'could face execution' for possession of military secrets

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Anan 'could face execution' for possession of military secrets

A legal expert has claimed that Sami Anan could face the death penalty for possessing military documents he threatened to use ...

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