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Sunday, 2 July 2017

Fuel price hikes tops coverage of Egypt in the foreign press

Topping coverage of Egypt in the international press this morning were reports of the 55% increase in fuel price hikes. Foreign coverage, including from the Associated Press and Al Jazeera appears transfixed on how the move will fan popular discontent over the reform measures adopted by the government, but how this discontent will likely translate to social unrest. “In the light of social fatigue, broad-based fear of instability, the threat of repression and the fragmentation of politics, it’s difficult to see how sustained and organized opposition arises,” Michael Hanna, Egypt analyst at the U.S.-based Century Foundation, said.

Tying in for first place in Egypt-related news was coverage of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s ratification of of the islands transfer agreement with Saudi Arabia, with most coverage paying particular attention to the unpopularity of the agreement. The AP’s Hamza Hendawi is noting the timing of the move coincided with last days of Ramadan during the Eid break weekend, a move the newswire claims is meant to dissuade any protest. In a piece for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Maged Mandour notes that the whole affair has exposed the opposition to the government from within the elite and political classes of Egypt, describing the handover the islands a pyrrhic victory for El Sisi.

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