First female governor in Egypt cabinet reshuffle

Egyptian Parliament Egypt has sworn in nine new cabinet ministers yesterday and five new governors, including the country’s first female governor. Nadia Saleh had previously served as governor of the Nile Delta province of Beheira where she was sworn in by President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi in 2013. Saleh will be the first woman to serve as a governor in Egypt which is a role traditionally given to retired military or police officials. The ministers will join the new government and will oversee agriculture, local development, investment and international cooperation, parliamentary affairs, trade, planning, education and transport. Read: Egypt approves limited cabinet … Continue reading First female governor in Egypt cabinet reshuffle

Brotherhood prepares to defend itself against Trump ban

Image of Egyptian supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood protesting in Cairo, Egypt on 11 November 2016 The Muslim Brotherhood has said that it is preparing to defend itself against a ban by US President Donald Trump, stressing that the West “knows very well” that it is a “moderate” movement, AlMesryoon.com reported on Sunday. The world’s largest Islamic movement is facing the latest of several such attempts to ban it in the West. “We recognise that different institutions in the West in general and the US specifically believe that the group has a moderate ideology,” said spokesman Talaat Fahmi. “However, it … Continue reading Brotherhood prepares to defend itself against Trump ban

Women Preachers, a First for Egypt

Children play in the yard of al-Azhar mosque while their families pray inside the mosque during the holy month of Ramadan in Cairo July 1, 2014 Cairo- Sheikh Jaber Tayei, head of religious department in the Egyptian Endowments Ministry General Bureau, said that the newly appointed women preachers will perform their tasks at the women oratories. He added that two days per week will be allocated to giving lectures on women related topics. Tayei told Asharq Al-Awsat that “144 preachers were appointed as a first step and there are more steps in the upcoming period to activate the women preaching … Continue reading Women Preachers, a First for Egypt

Egyptian military court jails 227 dissidents

An Egyptian military court Sunday sentenced 227 dissidents to jail for allegedly promoting violence following the August 2013 violent crackdown of Egyptian security forces, according to a local non-governmental organization. The Aug. 14 Rabia and al-Nahda crackdowns came in the wake of the military coup that July. The Western Cairo military court sentenced 133 of the defendants, 82 of whom were tried in absentia, to 25 years in prison, and 94 others (72 of whom were tried in absentia) to 15 years each, Ezzat Ghanem, the chief of Egyptian Coordination for Rights and Freedoms, said in a statement. 29 of … Continue reading Egyptian military court jails 227 dissidents

Egypt officials betray Sisi, attempt to reconcile with Muslim Brotherhood

Headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt [File photo] Egyptian Sisi regime officials have recently been attempting to reconcile with the Muslim Brotherhood, going behind President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s back in the process, reports have indicated. Figures from the Egyptian government have been speaking to the banned group about working on a reconciliation deal, London-based Brotherhood leader Mohamed Sudan told The New Arab. “Second-level leaders in some agencies of the Sisi regime have visited Istanbul to express their desire to join the anti-coup camp and others have done the same during meetings in Cairo,” Sudan said. Sudan did not reveal the identities … Continue reading Egypt officials betray Sisi, attempt to reconcile with Muslim Brotherhood

President Morsi’s message to the people of Egypt

Former President Mohamed Morsi. [File photo] On the sixth anniversary of the 2011 January 25 Revolution, ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi sent a message to the Egyptian people from prison. The words of the democratically-elected president were relayed by his son Omar on Facebook. The following is the translated text: O free revolutionaries, continue on the path of your peaceful revolution with the strength of mountains and the determination of thunder. Your revolution will be victorious very soon, and behind you is an overwhelming majority of the people waiting on you to pave the way for a revolutionary atmosphere. May … Continue reading President Morsi’s message to the people of Egypt

Lessons from history: Egypt’s 25 January revolution

Comment: Egyptian film star Khaled Abol Naga was in Tahrir Square in 2011 with thousands of fellow Egyptians. Here, he remembers what was learned, and what has been lost since. We have a lesson to learn from history. History tells us that revolutions share similar patterns, and Egypt’s 25 January Revolution of 2011 is no exception. The French revolution slogan, “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity”, echoes with what the revolutionaries of Egypt repeatedly cited as being most proud of; a sense of fraternity and pride to be one among the masses that marched to Tahrir Square; a sense of equality and importance of each … Continue reading Lessons from history: Egypt’s 25 January revolution