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Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Egypt in the News on 1 October 2019

El Sisi promises to support low-income citizens: The government is working on measures to shore up the social safety nets and help “protect the rights” of low-income citizens affected by subsidy cuts, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi wrote on Twitter yesterday. The foreign press, including the Associated Press, took note of the message in light of recent protests, which continue to lead the conversation on Egypt.

Turkish mouthpiece TRT World was out with a piece yesterday saying that rising economic inequality and perceived corruption were the main drivers of the demonstrations. An editorial in the Washington Post suggests that the huge security operation this past weekend revealed a sense of “panic” within the government about the possibility of the previous weekend’s outburses escalating. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), meanwhile, is calling on the government to release journalists Alaa Abdel Fattah, Nasser Abdel Hafez and Engi Abdel Wahab who are among almost 2k people swept up in a widespread campaign of arrests.

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