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Thursday, 7 February 2019

Controversial constitutional amendments still topping foreign coverage

Topping coverage of Egypt in the foreign press this morning is news that a coalition has been formed by Egypt’s opposition parties against proposed constitutional amendments that could potentially extend the rule of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi until 2034. The self-styled “union for the defense of the constitution” includes members of the Karama and Dostour parties, as well as other left-leaning groups and lawmakers. While parliament has given preliminary approval to the proposed changes, it will take a final vote on February 17, which will then be followed by a national referendum. The Associated Press reports that opposition figures plan to challenge the amendments before Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court.

Other notable headlines include:

  • Egypt’s clampdown on tuk-tuks has had a significant impact on companies — such as Bajaj Auto in India — that manufacture the three wheelers we import, reports Indian publication Money Control.
  • The Vatican and Al-Azhar mosque and university have signed an agreement to fight extremism, Al Arabiya TV reported. Reuters notes that the document was signed on Monday in Abu Dhabi, during the Pope’s visit.
  • A campaign to dissuade Egyptian parents from having their daughters undergo FGM has taken off,Voice of America reports.

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