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Morsy’s ghost

Morsy’s in an invidious spot. If he tries being a healing president he’s toast with the Muslim Brotherhood. If he’s arbitrarily Procrustean, he’s dead meat with the rest.

Fady Salah

CBE governor denies resignation

The governor of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) Farouk Al-Oqda denied tendering his resignation after attending the cabinet’s economic committee meeting Sunday. Rumours concerning the resignation of Al-Oqda spread after President Morsy’s meeting with Hisham Ramez, deputy governor of the CBE. State TV reported Saturday that Al-Oqda resigned and that he will be replaced …

Liliana Mihaila

Review: Commentaries denounce Morsy’s ratification of Shura Council figures

Columnists explored president Morsy’s recent decision to appoint a new list of Shura Council members. Some writers believe the move will polarize Egypt even further. Other writers continue to blame all political groups for the continuing violence in Alexandria, especially those last Friday.   An open message to the President Hassan Nafaa Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper …

Fady Salah

Shahira Amin

Crisis over constitution shows no sign of easing

Egyptians living abroad headed to polling stations on Wednesday to vote in a popular referendum over the country’s first post revolution constitution. In Egypt meanwhile, controversy over the proposed constitution deepened. Rival mass protests were held nationwide on Tuesday ahead of next Saturday’s vote on the draft document. Tensions have been running high since President …

Shahira Amin

Review: Commentaries fuelled against the constitution

As the constitution referendum is getting closer, columnists have analysed the extent to which Islamist groups strive to pass the constitution. Several writers have condemned the idea of moving forward with the referendum encouraging Egyptians to vote ‘No’ rather than boycotting.   Vote ‘No’ but do not boycott Emad Al-Din Hussein Al-Shorouk newspaper Looking forward …

Fady Salah

Financial community pessimistic

By Mahmoud Kasas Experts in finance and investment banking agreed that the government’s recent decision to postpone the signing of the $4.8 billion IMF loan will have a negative impact on the country’s economic climate. “Postponing the loan will deter investors seeking to do business in Egypt,” said CEO of CI Capital investment bank, Mahmoud …

Fady Salah

To hell with the dictatorship of the majority

My new Egyptian friend is very excited about the recent developments in Egypt. She hates President Mohamed Morsy to pieces and wants a liberal to replace him. She considers herself a liberal Egyptian and a great women’s rights advocate. She supports a constitution that would guarantee equality and preserve human rights. She is veiled, but …

Fady Salah

Review: Columnists ask who makes decisions in the palace?

After President Morsy withdrew the decision to raise the taxes on all luxurious commodities, columnists ask, who influences the president in making such decisions? Many writers have accused him of not being able to differentiate between ruling a nation and obeying his Islamist group.   Ibrahim Eissa Tahrir Newspaper Failure Reveals its President With a …

Fady Salah

Imagine

Imagine sitting at a friend’s house, watching the president address the nation after a week long crisis, with his supporters just the night before opening fire on civilian protesters in Heliopolis in horrifying clashes that spanned the whole day. Imagine finding out that he issued the illegal constitutional declaration that enflamed and divided the entire …

Mahmoud Salem

Review: Columnists condemn presidential manoeuvres

 Amid Morsy’s recent decisions, columnists criticise how the president blindly follows instructions from his Islamist group. Although the results of the national dialogue meeting were deemed successful by many, some columnists argue it rather marked a new presidential failure.   It is not a state Ibrahim Eissa Tahrir Newspaper Eissa examines the policy “blunders” the …

Fady Salah

Contesting Egypt and de-contextualising narratives

Watch western TV news features on Egypt; you will find an almost identical discourse that de-contextualises current events. It always emphasises President Morsy’s declaration that gave him unmatched powers and fomented outrage, and that’s it. Morsy’s constitutional declaration was obviously met with some reservations from his closest people, which include his deputy, assistants, consultants and …

Mustafa Salama

Review: Millioneya marches and Morsy’s (old) declaration

Before President Mohamed Morsy had issued a new constitutional declaration to repeal his old one, columnists continued to analyse the “million-man” marches that were organised in front of the presidential palace. Other writers denounced Morsy’s authoritarian approach in curtailing the judiciary.   A president for the whole group Amr Al-Shobaki Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper President Morsy’s …

Fady Salah

Public trust in public servants

Looking at how the presidency chose to deal with last week’s turmoil, it has become increasingly difficult to find a silver lining. The dreadful sight of Egyptians killing one another over political beliefs with such conviction is unprecedented, and it makes me sick to see politicians use that to further their agendas with absolute disregard …

Fady Salah

Review: Columnists debate Morsy’s speech

As President Mohamed Morsy met with over 40 political and legal experts to reach national accord over the constitutional crisis columnists explored his invitation for dialogue.   Emad Al-Din Hussein Al-Shorouk Newspsper Morsy’s speech and the blood curse Hussein analyses Morsy’s first speech following the violence near the Presidential Palace. He rejects speculation that the …

Fady Salah