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Sunday, 31 March 2019

Alaa Abdel Fattah’s release from prison leads the conversation on Egypt

Leading the conversation on Egypt over the weekend was the release of prominent activist Alaa Abdel Fattah after five years behind bars. Abdel Fattah, who was imprisoned for violating the 2013 anti-protest law, will be required to spend the night at a police station for the next five years, Reuters reports. The Washington Post, the Associated Press, and ABC also picked up the story. Journalist Hisham Gaafar was also granted “conditional release” by the Cairo Criminal Court, according to Anadolu Agency. Gaafar, who was detained following accusations that he was a member of the Ikhwan, will have to report a police station several times a week.

Other stories featuring Egypt worth a skim:

  • Surprise: Kramers aren’t happy the gov’t is onto them: The Supply Ministry’s drive to cut off subsidy beneficiaries it has determined as being undeserving is stirring up crowds of angry citizens, Reuters reports.
  • A group of opposition parties is urging Egyptians to vote against proposed constitutional amendments, Reuters reports.
  • The nth hypothesis on why the new capital will flop: The new administrative capital is being developed with a target of becoming like American suburbia, rather than looking to adequately accommodate Egypt’s poor, Rod Sweet writes for the Global Construction Review.

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