Egypt

Briefs

  • Amr Hashim Rabie | 27 Oct 2020

    Political Parties and Egyptian Parliamentary Elections: Likely Outcome and Implications on the Work of the New Assembly

    On 2 October 2020, the voting process began in the elections of the Egyptian House of Representatives (EHR). On 8 December 2020, the voting process will end and the final results will be announced, after which the President of the Republic will appoint 5 percent of the Members of Parliament (MPs), so that the new Parliament would hold its first session in early January 2021 to start a new legislative term. This paper sheds light on the position of the Egyptian political parties in the parliamentary elections, the extent they can get a significant share in the final results thereof, and the expected effects of those results on the work of the new Parliament, especially at the legislative and oversight levels.

  • ​Mohamed Fawzi | 19 Oct 2020

    Egypt-Russia “Friendship Bridge 2020” Military Exercise: Motivations and Messages

    On October 9, 2020, Russian news agency TASS reported that Egypt would participate in joint naval exercises with Russia in the Black Sea before the end of the year. According to a statement issued by the press office of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, delegations from the Russian and Egyptian navies had held three-day consultations in Novorossiysk on preparations for the 2020 Friendship Bridge Exercise and that the two countries were working together to develop “a programme of exercises to take place in the Black Sea for the first time.”

  • Amr Hashem Rabea | 14 Oct 2020

    Phenomenon of "Independents" in Elections of Egypt’s House of Representatives

    Egypt is on the eve of the first of two stages in its parliamentary elections, scheduled to begin in the last week of October and ending in the second week of December. The window for nominations has closed, and candidates (many of whom are running as independents) have begun campaigning, under the oversight of the National Elections Authority. This paper will examine the phenomenon of independent candidates in the Egyptian elections and the impact that they have had on elections and the Egyptian parliament.

  • ​Ahmed Zaghloul Shalata | 21 Sep 2020

    Changes in Muslim Brotherhood Leadership after Mahmoud Ezzat’s Arrest: Indications and Likely Ramifications

    ​The incident of the arrest of Mahmoud Ezzat, the Deputy Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood group, in an apartment in Cairo’s Fifth Settlement, on 28 August 2020, has revived the debate about the Brotherhood’s future and its leadership structure. Subsequently, the Brotherhood announced organisational arrangements whereby Ibrahim Munir singled out as its chief executive. This raises questions about the dimensions of this step, the extent it would be able to overcome the organisation’s crises, and its potential repercussions for the organisation’s future.

  • EPC | 27 Sep 2018

    Determinants of Egyptian–Sudanese Rapprochement

    Relations between Egypt and Sudan have been moving in a positive direction, foretelling a potential long-term détente in the erratic ties between the two countries.

  • EPC | 03 May 2018

    Egypt’s Economic Landscape: Indicators and Possible Scenarios

    Egypt is midway through the implementation of an economic reform program that will end in late-2019, in accordance with an agreement between Cairo and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

  • EPC | 02 May 2018

    Dead in the Water: The breakdown in Renaissance Dam Negotiations

    After more than seven years, negotiations over the Renaissance Dam have stalled. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry has indicated that talks have simply become unproductive, whilst Ethiopia blames Cairo’s attachment to colonial-era water rights and Sudan continues to walk a tightrope between supporting the dam and upholding Egypt’s interests.

  • EPC | 25 Apr 2018

    Restructuring Political Parties in Egypt: Motivations and Scenarios

    As soon as the result of Egypt’s presidential elections were announced in April 2018, debate resurfaced on the need to restructure political parties in Egypt. Ever since he was nominated for his first term in 2014, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has advocated a distillation of the nation’s political parties.