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Thursday, 9 May 2019

Egypt in the news on 09 May 2019

Egypt played a key role in supporting the removal of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir from power, the Associated Press reports. Along with Saudi Arabia and the UAE, Egypt reportedly provided “quiet support” to Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, who now leads Sudan’s ruling military council. It was in Egypt’s interests to counter the influence of Islamists to whom al-Bashir was closely tied, the piece argues.

Former convict Yassin Mohamed has produced a collection of art that paints a picture of his experience in an Egyptian prison, Reuters reports. Mohamed, who spent five years in and out of prison for involvement in anti-government protests, found comfort in drawing to pass the time and avoid being dragged into dangerous circles during his incarceration, the newswire notes.

Also making the rounds:

  • Saved from the fire: Two hundred pieces from the Egypt collection have been recovered from the Brazil national museum after the building suffered a fire last September, the AP says.
  • Breaking taboos: Attitudes towards menstruation and reproductive health are changing among the younger generation of Egyptian women, reports the Jerusalem Post.

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