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The EU, Bassem Youssef, and reinforcing criticism

On Saturday night, a video of a National Council for Women (NCW) press conference went viral. The footage shows representatives of the European Union Electoral Observer Mission (EUEOM) leaving the press conference after being berated and criticised for the mission’s preliminary report by attendees at the press conference, including head of the NCW Mervat Tellawy. …

Basil El-Dabh

The limit of Egyptian hospitality

When I met with the European Union’s Chief Observer Mario David at a polling station in downtown Cairo last week one thing that he highlighted to me was how welcome he and his fellow observers felt. He described “the salute they give us… the welcoming smiles” he had seen during his time in Cairo. He …

Joel Gulhane

Sabahy’s bottom dollar bet

By Johannes Amin Makar For some time, a bit of an insane mind seemed requisite for one to enter the presidential race in Egypt. Various indicators contradicted a fair battle, and for many, contesting Al-Sisi had everything of a nutty business. The sanity claim appeared to be honoured when the little credible Mortada Mansour announced his …

Daily News Egypt

Al-Qaeda urges Libyans to fight rogue general

AFP – Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb urged Libyans to fight a rogue general who is pressing an offensive against Islamist militias in the country’s east, labelling him an “enemy of Islam”. Last month, ex-general Khalifa Haftar unleashed forces from his so-called National Army on Islamist militias in Benghazi in a campaign dubbed “Operation Dignity”. …

Daily News Egypt

Egypt: The youth win

The pillars of Mubarak’s regime and the aged forces of Egypt’s counterrevolution were preparing to “impress the world” (as goes the rhetoric that is used in privately owned, pro-Mubarak media) by a historic turnout at and unprecedentedly long queues outside polling stations in the first presidential election after Mohamed Morsi was ousted on 3 July. Supporters of …

Daily News Egypt

A not so good omen

Music is a powerful means to stimulate the memory. Certain songs take me back to specific moments in my childhood, university years, and adulthood. The song Bushrat Kheir (“Good Omen”), recently released by Emirati singer Hussain Al-Jasmi for Egyptians in celebration of these presidential elections, will always remind me of Monday and Tuesday of this …

Basil El-Dabh

ElBaradei’s unknown known

Egypt’s media have been in campaign mode leading up to Monday and Tuesday’s vote. Official, quasi-official and the social media are dedicating their undivided attention to the presidential elections with reports, interviews and analyses that tackle the two candidates’ platforms, credentials and implausible promises. Yet, an Egyptian Nobel laureate and former presidential hopeful, who, respect …

Daily News Egypt

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In Pictures: Turnout threatens to mar Sisi win

AFP – Egypt was wrapping up a presidential election Tuesday with fears of a low turnout threatening to cloud the expected victory of the ex-army chief who toppled its first freely elected leader. As polls opened for the second and final day of voting, authorities announced that they were declaring a public holiday and extending …

Daily News Egypt

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In Pictures: Egypt votes… again

  AFP – Amid heavy security, Egyptians voted for a new president Monday in an election expected to sweep to power ex-army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi. The two-day election is the first since the frontrunner Al-Sisi deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July, a move that unleashed the bloodiest violence in Egypt’s recent …

Daily News Egypt

Who is backing who?

Al-Sisi backers Salafi Al-Nour Party, the political wing of the conservative preaching group Salafi Da’awa Al-Wafd Party, one of Egypt’s oldest political parties, which was strongly active during the era of ousted president Hosni Muabark Free Egyptians Party, a liberal party co-founded in 2011 by  business tycoon Naguib Sawiris Egyptian National Movement Party, which was …

Daily News Egypt

Would voting legitimise elections?

By Wael Eskandar It is no longer necessary to wait for the actual voting process to determine whether the upcoming elections will be free and fair. The idea of fair elections has been dispelled by the manner in which the current regime has operated on a variety of issues. While the counting itself may eventually …

Daily News Egypt

One flew over Egypt’s cuckoo’s nest

By Johannes Amin Makar It does not take much to consider Egypt a madhouse of giant proportions. An average walk in the streets of the country’s capital, Cairo, is all you need to rub shoulders with its audio-visual mania. Deafening horns, the hums of the, at times not so romantic, 1,001 minarets, and cars chasing around …

Daily News Egypt

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In Pictures: Sabahy, Al-Sisi exert final campaign efforts before pre-elections silence

Presidential candidates Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and Hamdeen Sabahy officially terminated their campaigns on Friday, the last day before the two days pre-elections silence, stipulated by Article 18 of the Elections Law. Sabahy’s campaign organised a rally in Abdeen Square in Downtown Cairo on Friday. The rally was attended by public figures endorsing his campaign and …

AbdelHalim H. AbdAllah

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In Pictures: Battle of the Banners

  The competing campaigns of presidential candidates Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and Hamdeen Sabahy have intensified going into the final days of campaigning before the poll scheduled for 26 and 27 May. While Al-Sisi has not made any public appearances during his campaign, posters supporting his likely election to the presidency have featured prominently throughout Cairo …

Daily News Egypt

And a toast to you all…

On 22 January 2012, two days before the then MB-controlled parliament convened for the first time, I hosted a party at my house. The moment you enter the door of the apartment, you face a big banner that said: “The Muslim Brotherhood are coming… quickly grab a drink or two”. Needless to say, the guests …

Mahmoud Salem