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Egypt arrests doctors, silences critics over virus outbreak

A doctor arrested after writing an article about Egypt’s fragile health system. A pharmacist picked up from work after posting online about a shortage of protective gear. An editor taken from his home after questioning official coronavirus figures. A pregnant doctor arrested after a colleague used her phone to report a suspected coronavirus case.

Egypt voters approve referendum extending president’s rule

Voters in Egypt approved constitutional amendments allowing President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to remain in power until 2030, election officials said Tuesday, a move that critics fear will cement his authoritarian rule eight years after a pro-democracy uprising.

Egypt schedules 3-day referendum on constitutional changes

Authorities on Wednesday scheduled three days of voting in a nationwide referendum starting Saturday on proposed changes to Egypt’s constitution that could see President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi remain in power until 2030.

Egypt’s president wins re-election with 97 percent of vote

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has won a second, four-year term in office, with more than 97 percent of the vote in last week’s election, according to official results announced Monday by the election commission, which put turnout at 41.05 percent.

Egyptians vote for a second day amid signs of low turnout

Turnout appeared low on Tuesday as Egyptians voted on the second day of an election that President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is virtually certain to win, after all serious rivals were either arrested or intimidated into dropping out.

Egypt rights lawyer latest presidential hopeful to quit race

Egyptian presidential hopeful and rights lawyer Khaled Ali quit the race Wednesday, becoming the latest would-be candidate who either bowed out or was forced to abandon a challenge to the general-turned-president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, and raising questions about the credibility of the March election.

Egypt’s military arrests presidential hopeful, ex-general

Egypt’s military on Tuesday arrested its former chief of staff, who was planning to run in upcoming elections against President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, accusing him of inciting against the armed forces and forgery, in what appeared to be a calculated move to push him out of the race.

VP Pence says U.S. stands ‘shoulder to shoulder’ with Egypt

Vice President Mike Pence and Egyptian leader Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi pledged a united front against terrorism in the Mideast as Pence, the highest-level American official to visit the U.S. ally in nearly a decade, began a trip through the region after leaving behind a government shutdown in Washington.

Egypt presidential hopeful says bureaucrats blocking his bid

A rights lawyer who hopes to run in Egypt’s presidential election in March said Wednesday that bureaucrats loyal to the government were obstructing efforts to get him on the ballot, while his campaign officials said police and government supporters were intimidating potential voters.

Egypt, Eritrea leaders meet as Nile tensions rise

Egypt’s president and his Eritrean counterpart met in Cairo on Monday amid heightened tensions with Sudan and Ethiopia over border disputes and the construction of a massive upstream Nile dam.

Egypt sets election for March, with outcome all but certain

Egypt will hold its presidential election over three days in March, officials said Monday, with President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi virtually guaranteed to run for and win a second four-year term amid a heavy clampdown on dissent.

Egypt’s leader, U.S. envoy meet after cut in American aid

Egypt’s president and foreign minister met with White House adviser Jared Kushner on Wednesday, just hours after the Trump administration cut or delayed hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Cairo over human rights concerns.

Egyptian opposition leader freed, referred to trial

Egyptian prosecutors on Wednesday released on bail an opposition leader widely expected to run against President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in next year’s elections, but they referred him to trial over the highly unusual charge of offending public morals for allegedly making an obscene finger gesture.

Food cart shut down? Turn to Egypt’s president on live TV

Beaming, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi sat before an audience next to a young TV presenter who praised him for his transparency and straight talk. She then selected a number of questions and complaints from thousands submitted by the public to an online page called “Ask the President.”