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Sunday, 24 February 2019

Analysis of the proposed constitutional amendments tops coverage

Analysis of the proposed constitutional amendments topped coverage in the foreign press. Reuters has this primer about the proposed changes, the bill’s supporters and opponents, and what will follow next. Meanwhile, everyone from the Jerusalem Post to the AFP is noting the duration of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s possible term limit following the amendments and opposition to it. Meanwhile, the UN Human Rights office expressed concern on Friday over the methods used to extract confessions in cases leading to the death penalty, Reuters reports.

Sharm El Sheikh highway barrier draws ire of citizens: Construction is underway in Sharm El Sheikh of a “mix of high concrete barriers and at least 37 km of razor-wire fence,” writes The Guardian’s Ruth Michaelson. The project, which the governor of South Sinai has asserted is definitely not a wall, has however drawn the ire of some of its residents, who complain that it will obscure the region’s natural beauty and alienate local bedouin communities, she states.

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