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On Sunday, thirteen new faces were sworn into the ministerial line-up in a move that President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said was intended “to develop the government performance in some important files at both the domestic and foreign level.”
Ahmed Tantawi, former Karama Party head and one of the most vocal critics of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in the months since a national dialogue was announced, left the country in recent weeks due to security pressure, according to three members of the Karama Party.
Following the July death of a young man held in police custody in Alexandria, claimed by a rights organization to be the result of his subjection to torture, investigating authorities issued an official statement last week to absolve the police force of any responsibility in the case.
A human rights lawyer and a leading member of the Socialist Alliance Party in Alexandria, Ramadan was arrested in December 2018 on charges related to spreading false news, joining an illegal group and inciting protests against the government, similar to the yellow vest protests in France during that time.
The source said these claims "contradict the reports issued by the National Council for Human Rights, the parliamentary human rights committees and several national organizations concerned with human rights."
More than 700 prisoners have been released by the prosecution office or given a presidential pardon since President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi called for the National Dialogue in April, Dialogue Coordinator Diaa Rashwan said on Friday.
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has ordered on Friday a presidential pardon for a number of political activists who had received final jail sentences in various cases.
An internal directive in mid-July put a temporary ban on all live-streamed content on the social media channels of news platforms run by the intelligence-owned media company United Media Services, according to a source from the company who spoke to Mada Masr on condition of anonymity
The Board of Trustees of the Egyptian National Dialogue discussed on Wednesday the final draft of Article (18) of the regulations governing the Board and sub-committees. This came during a meeting held at the headquarters of the National Training Academy.
The undersigned civil society organizations condemn the blocking by the Egyptian authorities of three links to access the Al-Manassa website within approximately seventy-two hours, starting from Thursday, 14 July. The blocking occurs as part of a series of continued restrictions on the website, which is one of the few independent news sites operating from inside Egypt. The undersigned organizations call on the authorities to lift the blocking of Al-Manassa, stop its repeated targeting, and bring to an end the censorship imposed on other news websites.
Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry discussed in a video call with China's chief climate negotiator Xie Zhenhua on Thursday major topics to be tackled in the upcoming UN Climate Conference (COP27) in Egypt, the Egyptian foreign ministry announced.
Ethiopia has recently announced it would start the third-phase filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam's (GERD) seventy-four-billion-cubic-metre reservoir during the current flood season – which lasts until September – without Egypt and Sudan’ consent, again.
Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi discussed on Tuesday with the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani the latest regional developments especially the Israeli aggression in the Palestinian Gaza Strip and the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire.
Egypt’s Defence Minister Mohamed Zaki signed with his Burkinabe counterpart, Aimé Barthélemy Simporé, a cooperation protocol covering the "most important areas of cooperation that the armed forces of the two countries seek to strengthen in the next stage," a statement by the Egyptian Military Spokesman Gharib Abdel-Hafez read.
Egypt’s General Intelligence Service (GIS) has managed to broker a ceasefire in Gaza between Israel and the Palestinian factions, that started 11:30 pm local time (20:30 GMT), sources close to the matter told Daily News Egypt.
The call addressed the ongoing cooperation and coordination between Egypt and the US in the field of climate change as well as following up on the results of their last meeting in Berlin last month on the side-lines of the Petersburg Climate Dialogue.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry submitted a letter to the president of the UN Security Council on Friday, to register Egypt’s categorical rejection of Ethiopia’s continuation of filling the mega Nile dam unilaterally without an agreement with Egypt and Sudan on the dam’s filling and operation.
The Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) in Egypt announced, on Monday, the results of the labor force search for the second quarter (April-June) of 2022, where the unemployment rate reached 7.2 percent of the total labor force, which is the same rate as in the previous quarter of 2022.
Egypt is considering raising a loan of about 2.5 billion US dollars, according to people with knowledge of the plans, as economic pressure in the North African nation intensifies.
Egypt's cabinet has approved a plan to ration electricity to save natural gas that it will instead divert to the export market to generate foreign currency, it said on Thursday.
As the global economy has contracted in recent months, Egypt has been engaged in talks with the International Monetary Fund to shore up its rocky financial situation. Officials have generally been tight-lipped about the conditions for the new round of lending and have tried to project a position of confidence, but President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi broke ranks on this approach in a joint press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin in mid-July.
The Central Bank of Egypt’s valuation of the Egyptian pound against the US dollar dropped on Monday to reach nineteen Egyptian pounds to one dollar.
The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) revealed on Tuesday that the total non-governmental bank deposits in local currency amounted to 4.986 trillion Egyptian pounds in June 2022, compared to 4.469 trillion Egyptian pounds in December 2021, an increase of 516.948 trillion Egyptian pounds.
Egypt’s annual headline inflation rose to 15.6 percent in July, up from 14.6 in June, the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) reported on Wednesday.
The recently-established Saudi Egyptian Investment Company (SEIC), which is owned by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF), has acquired minority stakes in four Egyptian state-owned companies in a deal worth 1.3 billion US dollars, the Sovereign Fund of Egypt (TSFE) announced on Wednesday.
Egypt’s Suez Canal Authority (SCA) announced on Thursday that shipping giant A.P. Moeller-Maersk is going to pump 500 million dollars in investments to develop and upgrade the Suez Canal container terminal in East Port Said.
At least three civilians were killed at a village near the Suez Canal by stray fire from ongoing clashes between the Province of Sinai — the Islamic State affiliate in Egypt — and tribal forces fighting alongside the Egyptian Armed Forces, according to sources from Gelbana village who spoke to Mada Masr on condition of anonymity.
Forty-one died and twelve were injured in a fire that broke out in the Church of the Martyr Abu Sefein in Imbaba on Sunday morning, according to a statement by Minister of Health and Population Khaled Abdel Ghaffar.
Egypt’s streets are set to go dim for a few hours every night as of this week, in what the government says is an attempt to reduce dependency on the natural gas fueling the country’s power stations, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbuly announced in a press conference last week.
Sharaki added on Monday that the water has approached the saddle dam and is only 100 metres away from the 602-metre-mark, after which the saddle dam will begin storing water, which is expected to happen in next year’s filling. According to Sharaki, Egypt will not be affected by this filling in any capacity due to the presence of the Aswan High Dam and its water reserves.
The Ministry of Housing, Utilities, and Urban Communities announced Wednesday that houses will be delivered to former Maspero Triangle residents, who chose to be compensated by acquiring units in the same area, by September.
The article discusses the investment projects in the northern coast and its impacts on the ecosystem in Egypt.
The Socialist Popular Alliance Party expressed its rejection to the acquisition of several state-owned Egyptian companies by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign fund, warning against the danger of such deals to national security.
The article examines how neoliberal policies and land acquisition by investors have led to food dependency.
Almanassa discusses how the Egyptian regime has tightened its grip on the press over the past ten years.