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Sunday, 21 April 2019

Egypt in the news on 21 April 2019

The foreign press was squarely focused over the weekend on the referendum on proposed constitutional amendments. The Wall Street Journal, the AP, Reuters, and the Washington Post shone the spotlight on opposition to the amendments, with the WaPo running with an opinion piece from Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies Director Bahey Eldin Hassan. The Guardian’s Ruth Michaelson was also particularly concerned with the lack of international observers. The BBC’s Sally Nabil, meanwhile, looked at the increasing number of banners in town urging voters to vote in favor, while the AP ran regular updates of what’s been going on at the polling stations. Voice of America also recapped the course of events that led to the amendments with a brief video report (watch, runtime: 2:50). The Financial Times, AFP, and CBS News also took note. Human Rights Watch criticized the amendments, claiming that they will “entrench repression”.

Other headlines worth a skim this morning:

  • Conde Nast Traveler gives our fair city some love with a list of basic tips for first-time visitors to Cairo.
  • Economists are divided on whether Egypt’s fiscal targets for the next three years are “overly ambitious” given the size of public debt, economic "adjustment fatigue," and the difficulty of attracting FDI, Al Monitor says.
  • Egypt is concerned over Turkey and Qatar’s backing of militia in Libya, The Arab Weekly reports.
  • The 120th anniversary of Egyptian cartoonist Alexander Saroukhan was celebrated at an international competition organized by the Egyptian Caricature Association, reports The Arab Weekly.

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