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A Timeline of key events in 2014

3 January: Clashes between pro-Morsi protestors and security forces leave 17 people dead and dozens injured in cities across Egypt, including Cairo, Giza, Ismailiya, and Fayoum. 14-15 January: Egyptians vote in a referendum on the new constitution. Voters overwhelmingly approve Egypt’s new constitution, with 98.1% voting “Yes”. The turnout among eligible voters was 38.6%. 24 …

Daily News Egypt

What about Al-Sisi’s relations with politicians? (3)

Leaders of the 1952 family start taking power through alliance with the Muslim Brotherhood. Naguib, Nasser and El-Sadat did this. Finally, the Supreme Council – Al-Sisi followed. Even Mubarak, who began to clash with political Islam because it came to power – and the trend that was found guilty for the assassination of El-Sadat, allied …

Farid Zahran

Once again, what about Al-Sisi’s relations with politicians?

A week after dissolving political parties, particularly on 16 January 1953, Abdel Nasser announced the establishment of the “Freedom Authority”, making it a direct subsidiary of the ruling “revolution council” at the time. It was purposely called “authority” rather than “party” or “front”. The expression makes it sound like one of the state’s authorities like …

Farid Zahran

Four released following detention after protesting Mubarak verdict

The Qasr Al-Nil Misdemeanour Court acquitted four detainees Wednesday, who were charged with protesting in the vicinity of Tahrir Square. The four protestors had been protesting against the Cairo Criminal Court’s decision to drop all charges against former president Hosni Mubarak on 28 November. The defendants’ lawyers, who work for the Egypt Center for Social …

Menan Khater

Egypt between mediocrity and suspension of disbelief

By Wael Eskandar Very little has changed with regards to Egypt’s trajectory of descent into a social and political abyss ever since its security forces dispersed the Islamist sit-ins using great force and even much greater impunity. The slope of decline into a more oppressive police state has indeed been very slippery and while there’s …

Daily News Egypt

Will Mubarak’s acquittal push Al-Sisi in a specific direction?

The vast majority of people were struck with the impression that the judgment acquitting Mubarak was not simply a court ruling issued by an independent judge acquitting Mubarak from specific crimes, but instead served to acquit the personality of Mubarak and his regime in general. We all witnessed how Mubarak’s supporters celebrated the ruling, while …

Farid Zahran

Presidency calls for legislative reforms, compensations for victim’s families

The Egyptian presidency said Sunday that the “judiciary is completely independent”, in response to Saturday’s verdicts in the ‘trial of the century’, state-run news agency MENA reported. “It is not allowed to comment on the judiciary verdicts,” the presidency said in a statement. Referring to the Egyptian constitution it added: “There should be separation between …

Menan Khater