The dream that won’t quit – a Nasserite welfare state

FILE - In this June 18, 1956 file photo, Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser waves in response to cheering supporters as he moves through Port Said to raise the Egyptian flag over the Navy House. Flag-raising was part of ceremony in which Egypt formally took over guardianship of the Suez Canal Zone after British occupation of more than 70 years. (AP)

An interview with writer Youssef El-Qaeid sheds light on Egyptians’ obsession with having a ‘savior-leader’ and explains why, 45 years after his death, Nasser is still a key figure “The man was at one with the poor; he aligned his mission to their interests and aspirations. Today the poor and the destitute constitute the large majority of Egypt’s populace, and ...

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2573 candidates, 4 party-based lists to run in 1st phase of Egypt’s parliamentary elections

Egyptian Parliament

The High Elections Committee announced the number of participants running in the elections as the first day of campaigning starts The High Elections Committee announced on Tuesday that 2573 independent candidates and four party-based lists will be running for the first stage of the Egyptian parliamentary elections that start on 17 October. The 2573 candidates will contest 226 seats in ...

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Egypt’s El-Sisi thanks Hollande in person for warship deal

File Photo: French President Francois Hollande and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi at a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, November 26, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

The two presidents met in New York after a UN General Assembly and discussed regional issues and military deals Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met with his French counterpart Francois Hollande after the United Nations General Assembly Summit in New York on Monday. El-Sisi thanked Hollande for facilitating a deal that sees Egypt buy two Mistral aircraft carriers from France, according ...

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Sisi, Al-Azhar participate in Summit on countering IS, Extremism

President of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi arrives to address attendees during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York, September 28, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi is to participate in a summit on countering the Islamic State (IS) group and violent extremism Tuesday, on the sidelines of the 70th UN General Assembly meetings in New York, Youm7 reported. Additionally, a delegation from Al-Azhar assigned by Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb is also to participate in the summit. The delegation will present Al-Azhar’s ...

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Ahram Online presents: The Idiot’s Guide to Egypt’s parliamentary elections 2015

File photo: Egyptian parliament (Photo:Reuters)

Background and significance: Egyptians are scheduled to go to the polls between October and December to elect the first parliament since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. The elections will be the third parliamentary vote since 2010; the first took place just two months before the 2011 revolution, in November 2010, while the second vote took place in the ...

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Egypt’s Sisi to AP: Country in ‘ferocious war’ with terrorism


President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi talked to the Associated Press about the prospects for solutions for the Palestinian issue, the Syrian civil war, and the war against ‘terrorism’ at home and in the region Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said in an interview that the Mideast region needs to cooperate to defeat a worsening terrorist threat that has led to a “ferocious war” ...

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Egypt’s Sisi meets Angela Merkel in UN General Assembly

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi with German Chancellor Angela Merkel

The Egyptian president met Friday with the German chancellor, the two discussing bilateral relations and the international refugee crisis Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met Friday in New York German Chancellor Angela Merkel during the meetings of the UN General Assembly. The two discussed bilateral relations and the latest developments in Egypt, the Egyptian presidency said. Spokesman Alaa Youssef said in ...

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Egypt’s Sisi to address security, development at UN General Assembly

File Photo: President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, of Egypt, addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 (Photo: AP)

El-Sisi’s visit to the UN headquarters in New York will be his second after being sworn in as Egypt’s president in June 2014 Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi will head to New York Thursday following Eid prayers to attend the 70th UN General Assembly. El-Sisi is expected to give a speech at the UN, whose assembly is due to Friday, addressing topics ...

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UPDATE 1: Egypt’s Sisi pardons 100 prisoners, including Jazeera’s Mohamed Fahmy


The pardon is coinciding with the Eid and includes Jazeera’s prominent journalist Mohamed Fahmy and youth activists Sanaa Seif and Yara Sallam Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi announced on Wednesday the pardoning of 100 prisoners, including Al Jazeera’s journalist Mohamed Fahmy and some prominent youth activists who were charged with violating the protest law. The pardon, which is to also include ...

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Oldest Egyptian leather manuscript discovered in Egyptian Museum


CAIRO: A 4,000 year-old ancient Egyptian leather illuminated manuscript containing incantations and colorful figures of supernatural beings has been discovered at the Egyptian Museum. The manuscript, which was apparently forgotten in the museum for more than 70 years, was found in an old storage box in one of the museum’s storerooms, according to Discovery news, it dates back to the ...

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