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Thursday, 3 October 2019

Egypt in the News on 3 October 2019: Protests, GERD, FGM

Analysis of what prompted Egypt’s recent demonstrations is still dominating coverage in the foreign press,with Andrew England arguing in the Financial Times that the Ikhwan are too weak and fragmented as a movement to have any influence on Egyptian politics. Meanwhile, the protests were followed by hints of political reform and the prospect of reinstated food subsidies, Turkish outlet TRT World says. The Times, meanwhile took note of concessionary language from the president and yesterday’s decision to return 1.8 mn people to the subsidy rolls. And all of this is taking place within a wider regional context, argues Robert Malley in Foreign Affairs, who says the divide between the countries that support and oppose Islamism is the conflict most likely to define the region’s future. Amnesty, meanwhile, says more than 2.3k people have been detained since protests on 20 September; the Associated Press also has coverage.

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