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Sunday, 7 June 2020

Egypt in the News on 7 June 2020

It’s a reasonably busy morning for Egypt in the international press. The news cycle is led by President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s brokering of a ceasefire between warring factions in Libya that sets up peace talks (see Speed Round, above). The news edged out coverage of Egypt’s new USD 5.2 bn standby funding agreement with the IMF, which had been dominating the conversation on Egypt (also in Speed Round).

Also getting lots of ink: A father will be prosecuted on charges of forcing his three young daughters to undergo FGM, the public prosecutor’s office said in a statement last week. The doctor involved will also go on trial. (Reuters | BBC | Guardian | AFP | Daily Mail | Gulf News).

Covid-19 is escalating in Egypt and other populous, low-income countries: Egypt and other densely populated low- and middle-income countries throughout the world are becoming the new epicenters of the covid-19 pandemic, Declan Walsh writes in the New York Times. Walsh notes there are concerns that Egypt may be following the US’ path, with people relaxing their behavior in the mistaken belief that fears about the virus are exaggerated. Meanwhile, Bloomberg looks at the acceleration of new cases in MENA post-lockdown.

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