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Sunday, 1 April 2018

Preliminary results of elections trend topics in the foreign press

Coverage of preliminary results from the presidential election leads coverage of Egypt this morning in the international press, with everyone from Bloomberg and the Financial Times to Reuters and the Associated Press noting the results. For the most part, they heavily stressed their views on Moussa Moustafa Moussa as a dummy candidate. The coverage was peppered with the usual lecture from the Guardian, while the New Yorker is faulting US President Donald Trump for not criticizing the election.

Meanwhile, the Economist claims that thousands of voters who spoiled their ballots by writing in footballer Mohamed Salah’s name.

Also worth a quick skim this morning:

  • 2018 could “prove a pivotal year for tourism in Egypt” after the country decided to focus promotions on Hurghada and other Red Sea destinations instead of Sharm El Sheikh, TTG reports.
  • The Foreign Ministry has condemned the use of “excessive violence” after Israeli forces killed 16 Palestinian civilians gathered in peaceful protests at the Gaza-Israel border on Friday to commemorate Land Day, according to a ministry statement.
  • The IMF is trying to relax some of its policies in countries where its reform program has sparked social discontent, including Egypt and Tunisia, Sharmila Devi writes for the Arab Weekly.
  • The Egyptian military’s growing involvement in economy and industry has “been the source of political speculation” and debate, according to Arab Weekly.

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