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Sharif Abdel Kouddous

Quest for Legitimacy: An Interview with Senior Brotherhood Official Amr Darrag

[Amr Darrag, a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood who served as minister of planning and international cooperation during the former Prime Minister Hesham Qandil's cabinet. Image originally posted to Flicker by Wilton Park]

Amr Darrag is a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood who most recently served as minister of planning and international cooperation in former Prime Minister Hesham Qandil’s Cabinet. He formerly served as secretary general of the Constituent Assembly that drafted the 2012 Constitution. Sharif Abdel Kouddous spoke with Darrag on 17 July. Mada Masr (MM): The Muslim Brotherhood is continuing to call for [deposed President Mohamed] Morsi's reinstatement. Do you ...

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On the 60th Anniversary of the Coup

[Celebrations began after Mohamed Morsi's victory of the presidential elections in Egypt this past month. Image originally posted to Flickr by Johnathan Rashad.]

The inauguration of the country’s first elected president on 30 June was meant to mark the final step in the country’s so-called “transition,” with a long-heralded handover of power from the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to a civilian government, complete with an elected parliament and a new constitution. Instead, a year and a half after the revolution began, astonishingly little has been accomplished with regard to laying down the foundations of a post-Hosni Mubarak ...

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Meet the Head of Egypt's Presidential Election Commission

[Building of the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt, in Cairo. Image from Wikimedia Commons.]

Egypt is gearing up for the final stages of a tumultuous transitional period under the rule of the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) and preparing to enter a new phase following a scheduled handover of government authority to a newly-elected president at the end of June. The much-anticipated presidential vote is scheduled to be held on 23 and 24 May to elect Egypt's first president since Hosni Mubarak was overthrown in a popular uprising one year ago. The man in charge ...

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Egypt's New War of Information

[Graffiti art near Tahrir Square

The war of information in Egypt — one that has been at the heart of this revolution since its inception — is escalating. On one side, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), and the institutions it rules over, are making twin use of a fully compliant state media apparatus to demonize the protest movement and champion SCAF policies while intensifying a crackdown on dissent, attacking journalists and raiding civil society organizations. On the other, ...

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Sharif Abdel Kouddous


Sharif Abdel Kouddous is an independent journalist based in Cairo. He is a correspondent for the TV/radio show Democracy Now! and a fellow at the Nation Institute.