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Bulgarian Translation of Jadaliyya's 'The Army and the Economy in Egypt'

[This article was originally written by Zeinab Abul-Magd and published by Jadaliyya in Arabic and English. It was translated/published in Bulgarian by Itidar.] Армията и икономиката на Египет  Трябва ли проблемите с макарони (една от основните храни на египтяните, бел. пр.) „Куин”, ...  Read More »

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Interview with Cairo-Based Journalist, Ahmad Shokr, about the Political Dynamics in Egypt

One year after his inauguration, Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammad Morsi is now being referred to as Egypt’s former president. A petition campaign called Tamarrod was instr  Read More »

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Head of Constitutional Court Announced Interim Egypt President by Army

Five hours after its set deadline, Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi addressed the nation with a roadmap for Egypt’s political future, placing the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court as head of the state until early presidential elections take place. News had emerged earlier of a travel ban on leading Muslim ...  Read More »

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Mubarak-Era Prosecutor General Reinstated

The Supreme Judicial Council decided Wednesday to reinstate Abdel Meguid Mahmoud to the post of prosecutor general months after he was removed by President Mohamed Morsi through the constitutional declaration issued in November 2012. The reinstatement draws a curtain on a case that has been at the heart of the charged ...  Read More »

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President and Other Leading Figures Banned from Travel

Airport security received orders Wednesday from the military to ban various Muslim Brotherhood leaders from leaving the country, the Arabic daily Al-Masry Al-Youm reported, quoting security sources. The reports came amid conflicting news that President Mohamed Morsi is under house arrest and residing in one of the ...  Read More »

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To Resolve Current Political Crisis: Rule of Law Must Be the Basis of the State

[The following statement was issued by human rights groups on the official website of Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies on 3 July 2013]   The undersigned organizations declare their profound respect for the overwhelming uprising of the Egyptian people, who on 30 June set out to boldly challenge the ...  Read More »

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Statement by President Morsi's Assistant Essam El Haddad

[The following statement was issued by Essam El Haddad, Assistant to President of Egypt on Foreign Relations. The statement appeared on his official Facebook page at 11:31 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on 3 July 2013] Office of Assistant to President of Egypt on Foreign Relations - Official The Egyptian ...  Read More »

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Sexual Violence in Tahrir Condemned by NGOs and Activists

Human rights groups have condemned the government’s failure to address the “epidemic” of continuing sexual violence against women taking part in demonstrations in Tahrir Square and surrounding areas. “The rampant sexual attacks during the Tahrir Square protests highlight the failure of the government and all ...  Read More »

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Rebel Campaign Affirms Egyptian Army's Support for People, Rules Out Military Coup

Egypt's anti-Morsi Rebel campaign has urged Egyptians to flock to "every protest venue and street," as the army's deadline for a power-sharing consensus approaches.  In a conference Wednesday afternoon, Rebel spokesman Mahmoud Badr branded the day as "decisive." Affirming the Egyptian people ...  Read More »

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Last Minute Positions: Army Meets Political Figures, Islamists to Draw Road Map

Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi will meet on Wednesday with the general commanders of the Egyptian Armed Forces, at the Defense Ministry headquarters, to discuss recent domestic developments as Wednesday's forty-eight-hour deadline approaches.  Mohamed ElBaradei, delegated by the June 30 Front and the ...  Read More »

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Three Days of History: Making It and Waiting For It

With the level of anticipation so intense before 30 June, the day of mass protests planned against Egypt’s president Mohamed Morsi, it seemed inevitable that expectations were to be dashed. But that day an estimated fourteen million Egyptians kept their date with their fellow citizens, and reminded many of the heady ...  Read More »

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Why the Western Media are Getting Egypt Wrong

Western media coverage of the massive waves of protests in Egypt over the past two days is revealing of a number of problems that plague knowledge production about the Arab world. As crowds across the country were just warming up for the historic protests, around midday on 30 June, reports from Cairo appearing on ...  Read More »

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Revolution Bookshelf: Revolution is My Name

Mona Prince, Revolution is My Name. Cairo: n.p., 2012. Reading, ’Riting, Revolution Reading Egyptian literature this week might seem odd. What does literature—even literature about revolution—have to tell us about this particular moment? After all, revolutions are not stories. They are not poems. Revolutions ...  Read More »

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"A Glance" by Youssef Idris

A Glance By Youssef Idris It was strange for a small girl like her, in simplicity and innocence, to ask a grown man like me, someone she didn’t know, to adjust what she was carrying. What she carried was truly complicated: on her head settled a tray of roasted potatoes, and balanced on top of that rested a wide pan ...  Read More »

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A Reflection on Violence and Democracy

On the morning of 30 June, BBC reporter Aleem Maqbool reports from Cairo, “what is today going to be remembered for? What is the 30th June going to be remembered for? Is it going to be the turning point in Egyptian politics or is it going to be remembered for violence?” But what if violence constitutes an ...  Read More »

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حاميها حراميها

قامت ثورة 25 يناير حسب علمي يوم عيد الشرطة، قامت لإسقاط "نظام يوليو" بعقليته الأمنية وهواجسه العسكرية بعد خمس وخمسين سنة من حكم الطوارئ. قامت ضد إعلام كاذب ينقل فيه تليفزيون الدولة الرسمي غير ما يحدث على أرض الواقع. قامت ضد محليات فاسدة، ومحافظ ورئيس حي وعمدة لا يختارهم أهل المكان، تلقي بهم السلطة المركزية ...  Read More »

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The Lead-Up to Egypt Army's Monday Statement: A Timeline

What prompted the armed forces' forty-eight-hour ultimatum on Monday, and what will come next? Ahram Online provides a brief timeline culled from reports by informed sources from both sides Tuesday, 25 June: A group of activists and opposition figures notify the minister of defense that momentum for planned 30 June ...  Read More »

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Morsi Refuses to Make Concessions

In a televised speech, President Mohamed Morsi stressed that there is no alternative to electoral legitimacy, amidst growing protests rejecting his rule and demanding his ouster since 30 June. He added that he rejects any attempt by any party to overthrow his legitimacy.   Morsi gave no alternative to the ...  Read More »

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A Host of Roadmaps: Opposition, Islamists & Army Propose Ways out of Egypt Crisis

Opposition coalitions, Islamist alliances and Egypt's armed forces – among others – all offer 'roadmaps' aimed at ending country's precarious political standoff A number of roadmaps and initiatives were proposed over the last few days as a way out of the current crisis in Egypt, several of which came following ...  Read More »

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Protests Turn Violent in Cairo

Violence erupted at a protest in support of President Mohamed Morsi Tuesday afternoon near Cairo University when a group of Morsi opponents approached it, chanting against the president, eyewitnesses said. The protest was held in the wake of nationwide calls for Morsi to resign. A resident of nearby Bayn al-Sarayat ...  Read More »

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Down with Military Rule…Again?

Millions of Egyptians are continuing to take to the streets. They are calling on President Mohamed Morsi to resign and to hold early presidential elections. At the same time many express concern about the army’s 1 July statement and the potential for a return to military rule at the hands of the Supreme Council of ...  Read More »

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HRW Urges Security to Prevent Violence

Human Rights Watch called on Egypt’s authorities to fulfill their responsibilities in protecting citizens from violent attacks, irrespective of their political affiliations. In a statement published Tuesday, the rights watchdog said twenty-four people died and hundreds were injured since protests broke out across the ...  Read More »

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Court Reinstates Former Prosecutor General

The Egyptian Court of Cassation ruled the sacking of former Prosecutor General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud and his replacement by Talaat Abdallah by President Mohamed Morsi illegal, state-run news agency MENA reported Tuesday.  State-owned daily newspaper Al-Ahram quoted judicial sources as saying Judge ...  Read More »

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Opposition Groups Welcome Military Statement

The National Salvation Front on Monday described the military statement that set a deadline for a political response to nationwide protests as “reflective of all the meanings, guarantees and proof ... asserting that the military can never abandon its duty to protect the people, their history and their ...  Read More »

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Anti-Military Revolutionaries Take Part in Protests

As military choppers hovered over the squares of Cairo, where protesters have congregated since 30 June to demand the departure of President Mohamed Morsi, the crowds cheered, pointing their green laser lights at them. ‪“The army and the people are one hand,” they chanted. The chant alienated some protesters, who had ...  Read More »

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Sectarianism and Counter-Revolution in Egypt: Not a Family Affair

One week before 30 June, the day of mass protest against president Mohamed Morsi, a new convulsion of violence targeted one of Egypt’s most marginal groups, and left many in shock. On 23 June, a mob of Sunni Egyptians, incited by the Salafist imam of their local mosque, lynched four Shi‘i Egyptians in the Giza village ...  Read More »

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That a Revolution, As Yet Undefeated, May Succeed

The political alliance that currently rules Egypt, that is, the Muslim Brotherhood, old regime remnants, and some businessmen, agrees with the opposing members of the dissolved NDP on one fundamental matter: June 30 is a counter-revolution. It is directed against the January 25 Revolution. The former view the affair ...  Read More »

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Press Release by Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment/Assault on Sexual Assaults during 30 June Demonstrations (Video)

[The following press release was issued by Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment/Assault (OpAntiSH) on 2 July 2013.] Press Release: Mob Sexual Assaults Reported to OpAntiSH during June 30th Demonstrations Hit Catastrophic Skies Mob sexual assaults reported to OpAntiSH during June 30th demonstrations hit catastrophic ...  Read More »

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يوم اختفى الإخوان من شوارع مصر

سيذكر التاريخ إن الإخوان المسلمين عاشوا ثمانين عاماً ونيف يحلمون بالوصول للسلطة كبوابة محلية لـ "أستاذية العالم" والانتشار في الكون والمجرات، لكنهم في عام واحد من وصولهم إليها كانوا بالكاد يتحسسون موطىء قدم لهم في شوارع مصر، متاورين في ميدان واحد، بعد أن فاضت بالغاضبين المتوعدين.     (1) عن 30 ...  Read More »

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Kahireli Yoldaslar grubundan mektup

Kahireli Yoldaşlar grubundan mektup: Rio ve Taksim’den gelen gazın kokusunu Tahrir’den alıyoruz [Bu metin Kahireli Yoldaşlar tarafından yakın zamanda yayımlanan bir bildirinin çevirisidir. Metnin İngilizcesi'ne buradan ulaşılabilir.] Yanı başında mücadele ettiğimiz sizlere: 30 Haziran, 25 ve 28 Ocak 2011’de ...  Read More »

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Egypt Elections Watch Update





A Jadaliyya and Ahram Online Initiative

As part of the Egypt Elections Watch (EEW), Jadaliyya and Ahram Online, with the Center of Contemporary Arab Studies (Georgetown University) and the Middle East Studies Program (George Mason University) as co-sponsors, will produce articles/posts/profiles on a weekly basis, covering organizations, political parties, coalitions, relevant laws and procedures, and profiles of key individuals related to the Egyptian elections. This is in addition to news updates summarizing major developments surrounding the lead-up to the election, such as emerging or shifting alliances, new political positions, and candidacy announcements. If you have questions, comments, contributions, and/or an eye-witness account, please email us at: eew@jadaliyya.com. For a listing of EEW’s team members please click here.

Coalitions



Democratic Alliance for Egypt
Egyptian Bloc
Islamist Bloc (Alliance for Egypt)
Revolution Continues Alliance

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Egypt Map and Stats

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Population   82,079,636
GDP  $497.8 billion
Unemployment   9%; Youth Unemployment (ages 15-24): 24.8%
Internet Users   20.136 million (2009)
Exchange Rate  5.6124 Egyptian pounds per US dollar
GDP Growth Rate  5.1%
Military Expenditures   3.4% of GDP (World Rank: 35)
Health Expenditures  6.4% of GDP (World Rank: 94)
Population Growth Rate  1.96%
Age Structure   0-14 years: 32.7%; 15-64 years: 62.8%; 65 years and over: 4.5%
Literacy   71.4%
Religious Demographics   Muslim (mostly Sunni) 90%; Coptic 9%; other Christian 1%

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