Rights group blames Egypt, demands probe into Morsi death

Rights group blames Egypt, demands probe into Morsi death

The Human Rights Watch organization has called for an independent investigation into the death of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, who collapsed during a court appearance in Cairo on Monday. Morsi had just finished statements to the court when he lost consciousness, according to Egyptian media. He was rushed to…

Egypt’s referendum passes with 89 percent of vote

Egypt’s referendum passes with 89 percent of vote

In Egypt, a referendum has passed that will allow President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to extend his current term until 2024, and remain eligible for another term that could see him in office until 2030. The National Election Authority said Tuesday that the referendum on constitutional amendments passed with a decisive…

Egypt heads to polls on Sisi term limits

Egypt heads to polls on Sisi term limits

Egyptians head to the polls on Saturday to begin three days of voting on a referendum that would allow President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to extend his current term until 2024, and remain eligible for another term that could see him in office until 2030. The National Election Authority set the…

EU, Arab states complete historic summit

Following its first-ever summit with the League of Arab States (LAS), the European Union says it intends to work more closely with its members, and the African Union and United Nations, on security, migration and other shared concerns. The summit was co-chaired by European Council President Donald Tusk and Egyptian…

Sisi interview to air in U.S. despite Egypt’s demand to stop it

The CBS investigative news program “60 Minutes” in the United States says it’s going ahead with its interview of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt, despite Cairo’s request to kill the segment. Sisi recently sat down with journalist Scott Pelley to record the interview, confirming that the Egyptian military is…

Melania Trump wraps up Africa tour in Cairo

First Lady Melania Trump of the United States wrapped up a four-nation tour of Africa on Saturday with a visit to Egypt, where she was greeted by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and his wife, Entissar. Trump, married to controversial U.S. President Donald Trump, began her tour in Ghana, and traveled to…

No surprises in Egypt, where Sisi pulls 90 percent of vote

With unofficial results in, Egyptian authorities say President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has secured the expected landslide victory in the country’s presidential election. Sisi has received more than 90 percent of votes cast, with turnout at more than 40 percent of the country’s 59 million registered voters, according to state television. His…

Vote count begins in Egypt as busy last-minute polling closes

Egypt extended its voting times on Wednesday, the last of three days in the nationwide elections, after lines at the polls swelled following a last-minute announcement by the country’s National Election Authority that registered voters who failed to participate faced a fine. The directive found in an NEA guidelines publication…

Egypt set to begin this week’s presidential election

Voting in Egypt’s presidential election begins on Monday, but it’s appeared for months unlikely that President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi will risk any loss. Interior Ministry officials said Sunday they’re taking the final steps to secure 11,000 polling stations, which open at 9 a.m. for the first of three days of voting….

Rights groups call on US, EU to pressure Egypt on ‘farcical’ elections

Fourteen human rights organizations, including the global Human Rights Watch NGO, have called on Western governments to speak out against presidential elections in Egypt they describe as “farcical.” “The United States, European Union, and European states, which provide substantial financial assistance to the Egyptian government, should consistently integrate human rights…

In Egypt, another blow as Sisi challengers bow out of presidential race

As yet it’s still unclear exactly what happened to Egyptian politician Hisham Geneina on Saturday, but the country’s opposition leaders say it’s another attempt at intimidation by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi as he pushes for a second term. Widely circulated images of the former auditor, who served a brief jail sentence last…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Egypt’s Sisi arrives in Paris under cloud of human rights controversy

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi arrived in Paris Monday night, beginning a three-day state visit with French President Emmanuel Macron that’s drawn outcry from international human rights organizations over repression in Egypt. Macron and Sisi, who is traveling with key government ministers, are expected to meet at Élysée Palace Tuesday to discuss regional…